Plants: Agroforestry Tree Legumes
Acacia mangium Acacia mangium
Acacia mangium is native to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It is a low-elevation tree species associated with rain forest margins and disturbed, well-drained acid soils. Acacia mangium is one of the major fast growing leguminous species used in plantation forestry programs throughout...
Agati Sesbania grandiflora
Because of its close resemblance to another Sesbania known to have originated in Indonesia, it is thought that S. grandiflora was first grown there as well. It is now found throughout the tropics and subtropics where it can provide crude protein (8.4 g/100 g) for ruminants during dry seasons.
Apple Ring Acacia Faidherbia albida
Originally found growing in central and eastern Africa, this tree now grows all over arid and semi-arid lands of Africa and West Asia. It is one of the largest deciduous trees of the Acacia family in Africa, reaching up to 30 m (100 ft) in height. Faidherbia albida is an ideal multipurpose...
Calliandra Calliandra calothyrus
Calliandra is a leguminous shrub that is fast growing on poor soils. It efficiently converts atmospheric nitrogen into a form used by plants for growth. It grows as a low, many-branched shrub which is ready to be cut for firewood in one year and again in 6 months. The species is native to the...
Cassod Tree Senna siamea (Cassia siamea)
This non-nitrogen fixing leguminous tree is native to Southeast Asia. It is now cultivated throughout the tropics.
Coral Bean, Coral Tree Erythrina berteroana, Erythrina poeppigiana
Both species are native to the river basins and upland forests of South America. They are now naturalized in Central America and the Caribbean at elevations as high as 2,000 m.
Black Locust/False Acacia Robinia pseudoacacia
Deciduous tree, native to Eastern and Midwestern USA, elevations to 1070 m (3500 ft), height to 25 m (80 ft), often forms thickets by suckering. White, pendulous pea-like flowers have a sweet aroma and alternate, pinnate leaves have 7-20 leaflets with 2 strong thorns at the base of the petiole....
Fish Bean Tephrosia vogelii
Fish Bean is native to West Africa, but is now found in India, Asia, and other tropical regions.
Flemingia Flemingia macrophylla
Flemingia is a woody, leguminous, deep-rooted shrub native to Asia but now found in Sub-Saharan Africa and Malaysia.
Gliricidia Gliricidia sepium
Gliricidia sepium is indigenous to Mexico, Central America, West Indies, and Columbia but can be naturalized elsewhere. Quick-stick, an English name from Jamaica, refers to the ease of propagating this tree from leafless sticks of 0.5 to 2 m (2-6 ft) in length that root with ease in almost any...