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  1. Bambara Groundnut Vigna subterranea

    Bambara bean, Earth pea

    Vigna subterranea is an annual, herbaceous, nitrogen-fixing legume of particular importance throughout semi-arid Africa. Leaves are trifoliate and are borne along creeping stems that extend along the ground surface. Flowers are yellow and butterfly-shaped, similar to other legumes. Upon...
  2. Wild Mung Bean Vigna vexillata

    Wild Mung Bean, Zombie Pea, Wild Cowpea

    Wild mung bean is a perennial, vining, nitrogen-fixing plant with edible beans and tubers. This plant is rarely cultivated but rather pods and tubers are collected from wild plants. It has potential for human food, as well as a green manure or cover crop.
  3. Moth Bean Vigna aconitifolia

    Moth Bean, Mat Bean, Mother Bean

    Moth bean is a low-growing, nitrogen-fixing, annual plant that forms a mat on the ground. It is drought tolerant, nutritious and can be eaten fresh or as a dried bean. Moth bean can also be used as a cover crop to suppress weeds and improve soil.
  4. Black Gram Bean Vigna mungo

    Urd, Urd Bean, Black Gram

    Black gram is an erect, up to 1 m in height, nitrogen-fixing, drought tolerant, annual plant grown for the dry beans. The bean is used whole, split, husked, fermented, sprouted or ground into flour which when combined with rice flour is especially valued for baking. Black gram is also used as a...
  5. Cattley Guava Psidium cattleianum

    Cattley Guava, Purple Guava, Calcutta Guava, Strawberry Guava, Chinese Guava

    Cattley guava is a small evergreen tree to 10 m in height with smooth, thin, flaking bark. The small fruit is red or yellow and up to 4 cm in diameter. The fruits are eaten fresh, used for jam, and the plant is sometimes used as an ornamental.
  6. African Okra Abelmoschus caillei

    African Okra, Quimbombó, Quimbombótardio

    Abelmoschus caillei originated and is now grown mostly in West and Central Africa, where it has become an important vegetable crop. This species of okra is particularly popular with subsistence farmers as it can produce a food crop year round, has a higher market value as it is available in the...
  7. Guava Psidium guajava

    Guava, Lemon Guava

    Guava is a small evergreen tree to 10 m in height with smooth, thin, flaking bark. The fruit is round, generally yellow and up to 10 cm in diameter. The fruit is eaten fresh or made into juice, jam or a thick guava paste.
  8. Okra Abelmoschus esculentus

    Okra, Ochro, Okro, Lady's Finger, Gumbo

    Okra probably originated in North East Africa growing along rivers and bodies of water at 0 - 1000m elevation. It remains widely grown around the world for its nutritious pods, leaves, and fiber. It prefers hot temperatures with plenty of water. Regular picking of the pods triggers continuous...
  9. Gac Momordica cochinchinensis

    Gac, Spiny Bitter Cucumber, Sweet Gourd, Giant Spine Gourd, Cochinchin Gourd

    Gac is a woody, perennial plant with vining stems reaching 6 m or more in length. Growing from tuberous roots, the vines are often seen climbing on fences or into the tops of trees. Its large (10-15 cm wide), dark green leaves have three to five lobes. Gac is dioecious, meaning that some plants...
  10. Yard Long Bean Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis

    Asparagus Bean, Yard Long Bean, Snake Bean, Dow Gauk

    Yardlong beans are an annual, vining or bushy, subspecies of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) that produce elongated pods up to 1 m long. Green pods and seeds are eaten as a fresh vegetable and the plants are also used as fodder, green manure, or cover crop.