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Taxon: Cajanus scarabaeoides (L.) Thouars

Genus: Cajanus
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Subtribe: Cajaninae
Nomen number: 313609
Place of publication: F. Cuvier, Dict. sci. nat. 6:167. 1806 "Cajan scarabaeoïde"
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 19-Apr-1988 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 13-Mar-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 3 (1 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Distributional Range:


    • WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN: Madagascar

    • CHINA: China
    • EASTERN ASIA: Japan, [Ryukyu Islands] Taiwan

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
    • PAPUASIA: Papua New Guinea (e.)
    • INDO-CHINA: Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
    • MALESIA: Indonesia, [Java] Malaysia, Philippines

    • AUSTRALIA: Australia [Northern Territory, Queensland]



    • Africa (tropical)


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  2. Ganapathy, K. N. et al. 2011. AFLP analysis in pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.) revealed close relationship of cultivated genotypes with some of its wild relatives Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 58:837-847.
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  5. Hnatiuk, R. J. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11. (L Aust)
  6. Kassa, M. T. et al. 2012. Genetic patterns of domestication in pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.) and wild Cajanus relatives (PloS One) 7(6): e39563. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039563
  7. Khoury, C. K. et al. 2015. Crop wild relatives of pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.]: Distributions, ex situ conservation status, and potential genetic resources for abiotic stress tolerance Biol. Conservation 184:259-270.
  8. Lakshmi, M. et al. 2000. PCR-RFLP analysis of chloroplast gene regions in Cajanus (Leguminosae) and allied genera (Euphytica) 116:243-250.
  9. Maesen, L. J. G. van der 1986. Cajanus DC. and Atylosia W. & A. (Leguminosae) Agric. Univ. Wageningen Pap. 85-4:183.
  10. Maesen, L. J. G. van der & Sadikin Somaatmadja, eds. 1989. Pulses (Pl Res SEAs) 1:41.
  11. Mallikarjuna, N. et al. 2011. Chapter 2. Cajanus (Wild Crop Rel Leg Cr) 21-33.
  12. Pazhamala, L. et al. 2015. Genomics-assisted breeding for boosting crop improvement in pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) Front. Plant Sci. 6: Art. 50. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00050
  13. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  14. Ratnaparkhe, M. B. et al. 1995. Genetic fingerprinting of pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.] and its wild relatives using RAPD markers Theor. Appl. Genet. 91:893-898.
  15. Saxena, K. B. & R. V. Kumar 2003. Development of a cytoplasmic nuclear male-sterility system in pigeonpea using C. scarabaeoides (L.) Thouars Indian J Gen Pl Breed 63:225-229.

Check other web resources for Cajanus scarabaeoides (L.) Thouars :

  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.


Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=313609. Accessed 10 December 2018.