Table 3.

Responses of known promiscuous legumes to diverse rhizobia

LegumeaGeographical originb% Nod+Reference
Mimosoideae (M3)I
Leucaena leucocephalaTropical America44157
Amorpheae (P6)I
Amorpha fruticosaNorth America91279
Mirbelieae (P24)I
Chorizema ilicifoliumSoutheast Australia91279
Phaseoleae (P10)D
Centrosema virgininianumWarm America91279
Lablab purpureusTropical Africa50157
Macroptilium atropurpureumTropical America41H. Meyer z. A. and W. J. Broughton, unpublished
Phaseolus coccineusTropical and warm America91279
Vigna unguiculataOld World Tropical56157
Robinieae (P8)I
Robinia pseudoacaciaTropical and warm America94279
Sesbania drummondiiOld World Tropical94279
  • a Letters in parentheses represent the subfamily to which the legume belongs (M, Mimosoideae; P, Papilionoideae), and the numbers represent the tribe (201). D = determinate nodules; I, indeterminate nodules.

  • b Data from reference 166. The data were taken from the reports of Wilson (279), who tested the nodulation capacity of 32 rhizobial isolates (from 31 legume genera) on the nodulation capacities of 160 species (78 genera), and Meyer z. A. and Broughton (see reference 157), who assayed the ability of 50 rhizobial isolates to nodulate 16 species (13 genera) of legumes.