New Crops Info 2014
Supported by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Species attracting attention:
as likely companion plant species

The species below have attracted recent attention in the literature.
The percentages after each crop use/product reflect the rank of likely companion plant species
amongst the 68 crop uses/products investigated for each species

Listings of species attracting attention by scientific name, common name or keyword are available here.
The listing of all species on the website is available here.

Other likely crop uses/products investigated are:

[allelopathy]  [aquatic]  [beverage]  [biofuel]  [bioindicator]  [birdseed]  [boundary]  [breeding]  [cane/bamboo]  [cereal]  [charcoal]  [chewing]  [clothing fibre]  [cosmetics]  [cut flower]  [dietary fibre]  [dye]  [erosion control]  [essential oil]  [flavouring/spice]  [fodder]  [food dye]  [food for humans]  [forage]  [fruit]  [fuelwood]  [genetics]  [grain legume]  [green manure]  [hemiparasite]  [honey]  [host for disease]  [industrial product]  [insect repellent]  [insectivorous]  [jewellery]  [medicinal]  [model]  [nut]  [nutraceutical]  [oilseed/fat]  [ornamental]  [paper pulp]  [pesticide]  [phytoamelioration]  [phytoextractive]  [plant grafting]  [plant gum]  [poison]  [pseudocereal]  [psychoactive]  [resin]  [revegetation]  [rubber]  [seagrass]  [shade]  [smoking]  [soil amelioration]  [starch]  [sweetener]  [tannin]  [timber]  [turf]  [vegetable]  [wastewater treatment]  [weed]  [wood fibre]


Most likely scope for crop use/product (%):

Species name

Companion Plant (72.8)

Desmodium uncinatum

Companion Plant (30.2)

Grevillea robusta

Companion Plant (28.8)

Gliricidia sepium

Companion Plant (22.8)

Manihot esculenta

Companion Plant (20.9)

Cleistogenes squarrosa

Companion Plant (18.8)

Faidherbia albida

Companion Plant (18.7)

Melilotus indicus

Companion Plant (17.8)

Bactris gasipaes

Companion Plant (16.0)

Cenchrus biflorus

Companion Plant (15.3)

Tithonia diversifolia

Companion Plant (15.3)

Elymus multisetus

Companion Plant (13.4)

Chenopodium glaucum

Companion Plant (10.9)

Choerospondias axillaris

Companion Plant (10.8)

Leymus racemosus

Companion Plant (9.6)

Populus tomentosa

Companion Plant (8.7)

Arachis hypogaea

Companion Plant (8.6)

Cajanus cajan

Companion Plant (8.3)

Imperata cylindrica

Companion Plant (8.2)

Morella cerifera

Companion Plant (7.8)

Erythrina poeppigiana

Companion Plant (7.5)

Cajanus cinereus

Companion Plant (6.8)

Striga hermonthica

Companion Plant (6.7)

Avena sativa

Companion Plant (6.2)

Crotalaria juncea

Companion Plant (5.8)

Mentha gracilis

Companion Plant (5.2)

Hypochoeris radicata

Companion Plant (5.2)

Dicranopteris linearis

Companion Plant (5.0)

Inga edulis

Companion Plant (5.0)

Lonicera caerulea

Companion Plant (4.9)

Mucuna pruriens

Companion Plant (4.2)

Theobroma grandiflorum

Companion Plant (2.7)

Beilschmiedia pendula

Companion Plant (1.7)

Alchornea latifolia


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Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following: for plant names: Australian Plant Name Index, Australian National Herbarium; ; The International Plant Names Index, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Harvard University Herbaria/Australian National Herbarium; Plants Database, United States Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service;DJ Mabberley (1997) The Plant Book, Cambridge University Press (Second Edition); JH Wiersma and B Leon (1999) World Economic Plants, CRC Press; RJ Hnatiuk (1990) Census of Australian Vascular Plants, Australian Government Publishing Service; for information: Science Direct; Wiley Online Library; High Wire; Oxford Journals; USDA National Agricultural Library; for synonyms: The Plant List; for common names:; etc.

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