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...

Adzuki Bean Vigna angularis (Willd.) Ohwi & Ohashi

Adzuki-bean has a 2,000-year history of cultivation in eastern Asia. The chief countries of adzuki-bean production are China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. Its origin from a wild species is unknown but its center of origin has been proposed as within eastern Asia, quite possibly in China....

African Mahogany Khaya nyasica syn. K. anthotheca

This evergreen or semi-deciduous forest tree is native to Malawi (formerly Nyasaland), Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo and now is grown in various other African countries. It is a fast growing tree and can grow to be a large tree, 45-60 m (75-100 ft) with a...

African Moringa Tree Moringa stenopetala

Moringa stenopetala is often referred to as the African Moringa Tree because it is native only to Ethiopia and northern Kenya. Though it does grow in many other parts of the old- and new-world tropics, it is not as widely known as its close relative, Moringa oleifera. All parts of the tree except...

African Nightshade Solanum scabrum

This nightshade species probably originated in the warm, humid forests of West and Central Africa where it remains today as one of the most important vegetables for home consumption and income production. It is grown as an annual or short-lived perennial.

African Okra Abelmoschus caillei

Okra originated in Southeast Asia but Abelmoschus caillei is now grown mostly in West and Central Africa, where it has become an important vegetable crop. This variety of okra is particularly popular with subsistence farmers as it can produce a food crop year round, has a higher market value as...

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.

Alfalfa Medicago sativa

Probably native to Persia, alfalfa was introduced to North America by Spanish colonists. As a perennial, leguminous plant of high yield, high protein content and vigorous growth, alfalfa is the most important hay and silage plant in North America, Argentina, Southern Europe, Asia and other...

Angled Luffa Luffa acutangula

Angled Luffa, and its sister species, Smooth Luffa, probably originated in India. Both species now are widely distributed in the tropics. The young fruits are edible raw or cooked. Although both species produce a fibrous skeleton in the mature fruit, Smooth Luffa is the preferred species...

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...