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Shade tolerance of tropical forage legumes for use in agroforestry systems

Arachis pintoi 
Arachis pintoi growing under tree pantation [Photo copyright by Werner Stur (Tropical Forages): http://www.tropicalforages.info/]

Sixteen species were identified which are potentially useful, shade tolerant or shade adapted, pasture species for use beneath tree plantations in both the wet and the seasonally dry tropics. The most promising species suited to the wet tropics were Arachis pintoiCentrosema acutifoliumC. macrocarpumC. pubescens, Calopogonium mucunoidesDesmodium intortumD. ovalifoliumD. canumD. heterophyllumD. uncinatum and Pueraria phaseoloides. The most promising species suited to the seasonally dry tropics were Arachis stenospermaCentrosema brasilianumClitoria ternateaMacroptilium atropurpureum and M. lathyroides.

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