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Table 3 Candidate legume species for the development of dry season cover crops for Nepal (more details in Additional file 3: Table S2)

From: Mitigating dry season food insecurity in the subtropics by prospecting drought-tolerant, nitrogen-fixing weeds

Genus Species English Life cycle Flower Fruit
Arachis hypogaea Peanut P Aug–Nov Aug–Nov
Cajanus cajan Pigeon pea A   
Cajanus scarabaedoies   A   
Lablab purpureus Bonavist bean A Varies Varies
Lathyrus aphaca Grass pea A Feb–May Feb–May
Lathyrus sativus Chickling vetch A Feb–Apr Feb–Apr
Lens culinaris Lentil A Feb–Mar Mar–Apr
Phaseolus vulgaris Kidney bean A Feb–Apr Feb–Apr
Pisum sativum Pea A Jan–Mar Jan–Mar
Trigonella foenum -graecum Fenugreek A   
Vicia angustifolia Clover vetch A Sept–Nov Dec–Feb
Vicia sativa Common vetch A Sept–Nov Dec–Feb
Vicia hirsuta Hairy vetch A Dec–Mar Apr–May
Vigna mungo Black gram A Varies Varies
Vigna unguiculata Cowpea A June–Oct June–Oct
Vigna umbellata Ricebean A June–Oct June–Oct
  1. A annual, P perennial