Minor Legume Species

  • Efisio Piano
  • Luciano Pecetti
Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 5)


The choice of what is a ‘minor’ legume species to be treated in this chapter was certainly arbitrary and questionable, especially when considering the array of legume species used worldwide as forage crops. A forcedly limited number of species are described here which were considered important among the forage legumes once lucerne (Medicago sativa L.), white clover (Trifolium repens L.) and red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) were excluded. The species chosen are either outstandingly important in a localised geographic area while being successfully introduced elsewhere, such as the annual self-reseeding species, or they have a generalised moderate importance across a wide range of areas, such as berseem clover (T. alexandrinum L.).


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