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

Species attracting attention:
for likely grain legume production

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

Please note: Some species were identified for likely grain legume production but were not legumes;
they are probably associated with the production of grain legumes, perhaps as weeds of grain legume crops.

Non-legumes have been [bracketed] below

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]  [companion plant]  [cosmetics]  [cut flower]  [dietary fibre]  [dye]  [erosion control]  [essential oil]  [flavouring/spice]  [fodder]  [food dye]  [food for humans]  [forage]  [fruit]  [fuelwood]  [genetics]  [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

Grain Legume (90.7)

Glycine tomentella

Grain Legume (84.2)

Psophocarpus tetragonolobus

Grain Legume (76.2)

Albizia kalkora

Grain Legume (68.1)

Tylosema esculentum

Grain Legume (68.0)

Macrotyloma geocarpa

Grain Legume (63.2)

Cajanus cajan

Grain Legume (62.6)

Lens culinaris

Grain Legume (61.1)

Cicer arietinum

Grain Legume (56.8)

Cajanus cinereus

Grain Legume (56.4)

Desmodium canadense

Grain Legume (52.9)

Pueraria montana

Grain Legume (51.9)

Lupinus angustifolius

Grain Legume (49.4)

Kummerowia stipulacea

Grain Legume (43.3)

Astragalus sinicus

Grain Legume (42.5)

Vicia narbonensis

Grain Legume (41.7)

Glycyrrhiza echinata

[Grain Legume (40.1)]

Bidens subalternans

Grain Legume (36.9)

Erythrina caffra

Grain Legume (33.5)

Canavalia gladiata

Grain Legume (32.1)

Mucuna pruriens

[Grain Legume (31.9)]

Fagopyrum tataricum

[Grain Legume (30.6)]

Coffea arabica

[Grain Legume (29.9)]

Theobroma cacao

[Grain Legume (28.6)]

Aster squamatus

Grain Legume (27.7)

Argyrolobium uniflorum

Grain Legume (26.0)

Canavalia ensiformis

[Grain Legume (24.5)]

Ricinus communis

[Grain Legume (23.0)]

Helianthus annuus

Grain Legume (23.0)

Pachyrhizus erosus

[Grain Legume (21.5)]

Vanilla planifolia

Grain Legume (21.0)

Melilotus officinalis

Grain Legume (20.9)

Canavalia brasiliensis

[Grain Legume (20.7)]

Ipomoea nil

[Grain Legume (20.4)]

Evolvulus sericeus

[Grain Legume (20.0)]

Aristolochia gigantea

[Grain Legume (19.8)]

Setaria parviflora

[Grain Legume (19.6)]

Saponaria tubulosa

[Grain Legume (18.8)]

Coffea canephora

Grain Legume (18.2)

Canavalia maritima

Grain Legume (17.5)

Adenanthera pavonina

Grain Legume (16.9)

Lotus creticus

Grain Legume (16.7)

Desmanthus illinoensis

[Grain Legume (15.2)]

Gossypium hirsutum

Grain Legume (14.9)

Clitoria ternatea

[Grain Legume (14.8)]

Sesamum indicum

[Grain Legume (14.6)]

Linum usitatissimum

[Grain Legume (14.5)]

Avena strigosa

Grain Legume (12.5)

Amorpha fruticosa

[Grain Legume (12.1)]

Abutilon theophrasti

[Grain Legume (10.7)]

Zinnia elegans

[Grain Legume (10.5)]

Nicotiana benthamiana

Grain Legume (10.2)

Arachis hypogaea

[Grain Legume (10.0)]

Flaveria trinervia

[Grain Legume (9.7)]

Camellia japonica

Grain Legume (9.0)

Crotalaria micans

Grain Legume (8.7)

Crotalaria juncea

[Grain Legume (7.3)]

Cyclamen persicum

[Grain Legume (7.2)]

Nicotiana sylvestris

[Grain Legume (6.8)]

Marchantia polymorpha

Grain Legume (6.7)

Desmodium uncinatum

[Grain Legume (5.9)]

Cucumis sativus

[Grain Legume (5.6)]

Prunella vulgaris

[Grain Legume (5.5)]

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

[Grain Legume (4.9)]

Boea hygroscopica


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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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