Bitter Leaf Plant (Vernonia spp) Cultivation and Uses

Bitter leaf plants are shrubs and their leaves are used as a vegetable. Vernonia amygdalina, Vernonia colorata and Vernonia calvoana are the three species usually grown.   Ecology of the plant Vernonia grows in all types of soils. It is fairly drought resistant except the species V. calvoana, which is more sensitive. Vernonia plants thrive … Read more Bitter Leaf Plant (Vernonia spp) Cultivation and Uses

YAMS (Dioscorea spp.) Family: Dioscoreaceae

Yams are grown throughout the wetter parts of the tropics. They are climbing monocotyledonous plants with opposite or alternate leaves and they produce large storage tubers. Yams are obtained from several species of the genus Dioscorea, a very large genus with about 600 tropical or subtropical species of which only a few are grown for … Read more YAMS (Dioscorea spp.) Family: Dioscoreaceae

MILLET (Pennisetum typhoides Burn .f.)

There are many species of millet but the most important is Pennisetum typhoides which is known as Bulrush or Pearl millet. Among cereals, it is the crop of the driest region. It is very drought resistant and gives reasonable yields in infertile sandy soils, which would be unsuitable for other important cereal. The total production of … Read more MILLET (Pennisetum typhoides Burn .f.)

The Properties of Legume Crops

LEGUME CROPS The grain legumes are members of the family Fabaceae (sub family Papilionoideae). They are mainly herbaceous plants although some are shrubs. They possess stems or vines that are upright, semi-prostrate or prostrate. They possess a taproot system with laterals. Many species of legumes have nodules in their roots containing bacteria which have the … Read more The Properties of Legume Crops