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

Species attracting attention:
for likely vegetable production

The species below have attracted recent attention in the literature.
The percentages after each crop use/product reflect the rank of likely vegetable production
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]  [companion plant]  [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]  [wastewater treatment]  [weed]  [wood fibre]


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

Species name

Vegetable (88.8)

Cichorium endivia

Vegetable (85.3)

Cosmos caudatus

Vegetable (85.0)

Amaranthus mangostanus

Vegetable (79.1)

Allium fistulosum

Vegetable (73.1)

Brassica chinensis

Vegetable (69.7)

Diplotaxis tenuifolia

Vegetable (67.4)

Eruca sativa

Vegetable (66.3)

Allium ampeloprasum

Vegetable (65.7)

Lactuca sativa

Vegetable (62.5)

Ipomoea aquatica

Vegetable (56.5)

Allium tuberosum

Vegetable (43.0)

Apium graveolens

Vegetable (34.4)

Chrysanthemum coronarium

Vegetable (33.7)

Cleome gynandra

Vegetable (32.8)

Benincasa hispida

Vegetable (31.6)

Etlingera elatior

Vegetable (30.7)

Brassica rapa

Vegetable (29.1)

Oenanthe javanica

Vegetable (28.7)

Basella alba

Vegetable (25.8)

Asparagus officinalis

Vegetable (24.5)

Coccinia cordifolia

Vegetable (23.2)

Amaranthus viridis

Vegetable (22.9)

Dracocephalum moldavica

Vegetable (22.9)

Allium cepa

Vegetable (19.0)

Capsicum frutescens

Vegetable (18.0)

Lagenaria siceraria

Vegetable (17.0)

Cynara scolymus

Vegetable (15.7)

Archidendron ellipticum

Vegetable (14.1)

Bunias orientalis

Vegetable (13.6)

Momordica charantia

Vegetable (13.5)

Acanthophoenix rubra

Vegetable (12.7)

Sarcocornia perennis

Vegetable (12.6)

Ipomoea batatas

Vegetable (12.5)

Cichorium intybus

Vegetable (12.1)

Cucurbita pepo

Vegetable (11.1)

Brassica campestris

Vegetable (10.8)

Cucumis sativus

Vegetable (9.9)

Coriandrum sativum

Vegetable (9.7)

Aurinia saxatilis

Vegetable (9.3)

Capsicum annuum

Vegetable (9.1)

Cucurbita moschata

Vegetable (9.0)

Suaeda vera

Vegetable (8.7)

Cirsium oleraceum

Vegetable (8.6)

Wasabia japonica

Vegetable (7.7)

Cnidoscolus aconitifolius

Vegetable (7.4)

Vernonia amygdalina

Vegetable (7.2)

Cucurbita maxima

Vegetable (7.1)

Lepidium sativum

Vegetable (6.9)

Capsicum pubescens

Vegetable (6.9)

Citrullus lanatus

Vegetable (6.9)

Eleocharis dulcis

Vegetable (6.8)

Diplotaxis erucoides

Vegetable (6.5)

Anethum graveolens

Vegetable (6.4)

Garcinia indica

Vegetable (6.3)

Parkia speciosa

Vegetable (5.8)

Momordica balsamina

Vegetable (5.6)

Vaccinium oxycoccos

Vegetable (5.6)

Solanum torvum

Vegetable (5.3)

Lansium domesticum

Vegetable (5.2)

Colocasia esculenta

Vegetable (4.9)

Spondias pinnata

Vegetable (4.9)

Mauritia flexuosa

Vegetable (4.7)

Ephedra fragilis

Vegetable (4.3)

Ananas comosus

Vegetable (4.1)

Luffa cylindrica

Vegetable (3.7)

Cynara cardunculus

Vegetable (1.3)

Araujia hortorum


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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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