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Calapogonium mucanoides (Calapo)

Calapo is a short lived perennial and an extremely vigorous species. It is best adapted to the humid tropics with an annual rainfall exceeding 1250 mm. Propagated by seeds.

Calapogonium muconoides (Calapo)

(www.tropicalforages.info)

Centrosema pubescens (Centro)

Centro is a perennial climbing species from South Africa which combines well with guinea grass. Moderately specific in Rhizobium.

Centrocema pubescens (Centro)

(Source: FAO)

Desmodium intortum (Green leaf)

Combines well with grasses. This is very nutritious and palatable and resistant to heavy grazing when fully established. Native to Central and South America. Suitable for high ranges.

Desmodium intortum (Green leaf)

Source: FAO

Desmodium uncinatum (Silver leaf)

Similar in habit and production to D. intortum.

Desmodium uncinatum (Silver leaf)

(Source: FAO)

Lab lab purpureus (Lab lab)

Has better disease and insect resistance and used as an annual forage. It is moderately drought resistant.

Lab-lab purpureus (Lab lab)
lab
(Source: FAO)

Macroptilium atropurpureum (Siratro)

Suitable up to 1500 mm average rainfall. Combines well with grasses like setaria, guinea grass, etc.

Macroptilium atropurpureum (Siratro)

(Source: FAO)

Macroptilium lathyroides (Phasey bean)

Self regenerating annual/biennial legume well adapted to water logged area. Good pioneer species.

phasey

(Source: FAO)

Stylosanthes guianensis (Stylo)

Suitable up to 4000 mm average rainfall. Better with low growing grasses. Some varieties are annual and some perennial. Moderately specific in rhizobium requirement.

Stylosanthes guianensis (Stylo)

(Source: FAO)

Stylosanthes humilis (Townsville stylo)

Annual /biennial and will not withstand shading. Combines well with buffel.

Stylosanthes humilis (Townsville stylo)

(Source: FAO)

Stylosanthes hamata (Caribbean stylo)

Short lived perennial less specific rhizobium requirements. Combines well with guinea and signal. It is a drought resistant legume.

Stylosanthes hamata (Caribbean stylo)

(Source: FAO)

Stylosanthes scabra (Shrubby stylo)

It is an ideal perennial legume for drier climate.

Stylosanthes scabra (Shrubby stylo) Stylosanthes scabra (Shrubby stylo)

(Source: FAO)

Vigna sinensis (Cowpea)

This is a bushy, trailing or climbing annual legume. It is used as green fodder. It can be grown mixed with maize, sorghum or napier grass.

Vigna sinensis (Cowpea)
cowpea
(Source: FAO)

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