I visited a botanical library in Mexico once, somewhere in the state of Puebla or Morelos. This was long before I spoke Spanish. But, in the library, I remember there was a poster, and I think that was the title: “Leguminolandia.” I have always loved legumes, but even I thought that sounded kind of bonkers. I guess now I’m bonkers by my own definition.

These are non-native legumes I’ve found growing within a quarter-mile of the farm. I don’t know what they are – so I’ll put what I conjecture to be their names. Corrections graciously accepted.


10082017 unknown acacia or mimosa
Honey locust (Gleditisia triacanthos). Reasons why: the compound-pinnate leaves, and the large seed pods (not visible due to bad contrast). Reason why not: I can’t remember if this one had thorns or not. 
10082017 unkown acacia
Albizia julibrissin. Native to Asia. Mimosa or Persian Silk Tree. Does well in North Carolina Piedmont. I need to come back and check to see if it has the pink silk flowers. Also, I need to find it at night to see if the leaves are sleeping. (please note, even though it is called “mimosa,” this species is not a member of the Mimosa genus; note also, mimosa and albizia are both members of the Fabaceae or legume family)
Albizia julibrissin, same as above.


7 thoughts on “Leguminolandia”

  1. I think you are correct that the plant is A. julibrissin. I have some specimen nearby, so am familiar with it. Love the title though! I am greatly enamoured by the legumes, and non-leguminous N-fixers. Do you think you could possibly pick a favorite out of them?

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    1. Pretty much never met a legume I didn’t like. Even the red bud (actually one of my favorite). But I am enchanted by two: Thermopsis villosa (Blue Ridge Buckbean) and partridge pea (Chamaechrista fasciculata). Oh, and Amorpha fruticosa. I dream of a grove of these, with caucasian mountain spinach or hops growing up their stems, and skullcap or jewels or opar growing at their base.

      I also like the idea of goumi, but have never grown it. Did you know that there are just colonies of actinomycetes just living in the soil, fixing nitrogen, without any apparent root associations? But symbiosis is where it’s at.

      How about you? Any favorites?


      1. Oh my… You have heavenly visions! Simply opulent.

        My neighbor has a Thermopsis I belive of that species which is nice, Chamaechrista I have seeded around the food forest one year and much enjoyed their little golden flowers, but unfortunately found they didn’t come back the next year from seed. I just satisfy myself with its near-related perennial Senna/Cassia hebcarpa.

        Do try goumi, as the fruit is really delicious I think, and shows up in June rather than August September for me. Burnt Ridge is now selling seeds of most of their varieties, including an especially large cultivar I have never grown, but certainly hope to.

        And yes, I have heard of the free-forming N-fixing fungi to an extent. Interested in learning more about them though as more direct food for non-nitrogen fixing plants. Thanks for sharing.

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