Plants: Green Manures And Cover Crops
Beach Bean Canavalia maritima syn. rosea
Beach Bean is a leguminous, drought and salt tolerant vine adapted to growing under very dry and hot conditions. History says that it was an important food crop for Captain James Cook and his crew on their voyage around the world from 1768-1771. Vines are widely distributed on beaches and dunes...
Butterfly Pea Clitoria ternatea
Butterfly pea most likely originated in tropical Asia, although its true origin probably is obscured by its extensive cultivation and naturalization around the globe.
Cowpea Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata
Cowpea is a grain legume that originates in Africa. Attributes such as vine shape (climbing, prostrate, or semi-erect), seed color (shades of white, pink, brown, and black) and seed maturation time (60 to 240 days) vary with variety. Pods appear in V-shaped pairs
Desmanthus Desmanthus virgatus
Native to the American tropics and subtropics.
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.
Hairy Indigo Indigofera hirsuta
Hairy Indigo, a leguminous plant, is native to tropical Africa, southern Asia and northern Australia. Hairy Indigo is an erect-growing, reseeding, summer annual legume that may grow 1-2 m (4-7 ft) tall if not grazed. It produces heavy foliage on fine stems that become course in latter stages of...
Jack Bean Canavalia ensiformis
Jack Bean is native to the West Indies and Central America. It closely resembles Sword Bean, Canavalia gladiata, and the predominantly African wild species, Canavalia virosa. Jack Bean now is widely distributed in the tropics and subtropics although it is regarded as a minor vegetable rather than...
Lablab Lablab purpureus (syn. Dolichos lablab, Lablab niger)
Lablab Bean is capable of growing in a wide range of climatic conditions and soil types, depending upon the variety chosen. It is widely cultivated throughout the tropics and subtropics and occurs wild in tropical Africa (including Madagascar) and India. The palatability of lablab surpasses that...
Siratro Macroptilium atropurpureum
The exact origin of this crop is not known but it is commonly grown from southern Texas south to Peru. It was named “Siratro” and first hybridized in the early 1960’s.