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Table 2 Definition of legume crops focused in Table 1 and corresponding item name in FAOSTAT

From: Multiple benefits of legumes for agriculture sustainability: an overview

Legume crop Scientific name Corresponding FAO item name and code FAO definition
Bambara bean Voandzeia subterranea Bambara bean [203] Bambara groundnut, earth pea. These beans are grown underground in a similar way to groundnuts
Dry bean Beans, dry [176] Phaseolus spp.: kidney, haricot bean (Ph. vulgaris); lima, butter bean (Ph. lunatus); adzuki bean (Ph. angularis); mungo bean, golden, green gram (Ph. aureus); black gram, urd (Ph. mungo); scarlet runner bean (Ph. coccineus); rice bean (Ph. calcaratus); moth bean (Ph. aconitifolius); tepary bean (Ph. acutifolius). Several countries also include some types of beans commonly classified as Vigna (angularis, mungo, radiata, aconitifolia)
Faba bean Vicia faba Broad beans, horse beans, dry [181] Vicia faba: horse-bean (var. equina); broad bean (var. major); field bean (var. minor)
Chickpea Cicer arietinum Chick peas [191] Chickpea, Bengal gram, garbanzos (Cicer arietinum).
Cowpea Vigna ungiculanta Cow peas, dry [195] Cowpea, blackeye pea/bean (Vigna sinensis; Dolichos sinensis)
Groundnut Arachis hypogaea Groundnuts, with shell [242] Arachis hypogaea. For trade data, groundnuts in shell are converted at 70% and reported on a shelled basis
Lentil Lens esculenta Lentils [201] Lens esculenta; Ervum lens
Lupin Lupins [210] Lupinus spp. Used primarily for feed, though in some parts of Africa and in Latin America some varieties are cultivated for human food
Pea Peas, dry [187] Garden pea (Pisum sativum); field pea (P. arvense)
Pigeon pea Cajanus cajan Pigeon peas [197] Pigeon pea, cajan pea, Congo bean (Cajanus cajan)
Soybean Glycine max Soybeans [236] Glycine soja
French bean String beans [423] Phaseolus vulgaris; Vigna spp. Not for shelling
Vetches Vicia sativa Vetches [205] Spring/common vetch (Vicia sativa). Used mainly for animal feed
Pulses, nes Pulses, nes [211] Including inter alia: lablab or hyacinth bean (Dolichos spp.); jack or sword bean (Canavalia spp.); winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus); guar bean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba); velvet bean (Stizolobium spp.); yam bean (Pachyrrhizus erosus); Vigna spp. other than those included in 176 and 195; other pulses that are not identified separately because of their minor relevance at the international level. Because of their limited local importance, some countries report pulses under this heading that are classified individually by FAO
Vegetables, leguminous nes Vegetables, leguminous nes [420] Vicia faba. For shelling