Legumes of Arizona was a project initiated by the Desert Legume Program (a joint project of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum and the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) because there is currently no book describing the legume family of Arizona. This family is one of the most economically and agriculturally important families in the world. It is particularly important in Arizona as many of these species are adapted to arid lands.
This project is a result of contributions from botanists and illustrators who have volunteered their expertise. It will provide a valuable tool for understanding this plant family and the potential uses of these plants in a variety of projects such as landscaping, agriculture and bio prospecting.
There are over 25 illustrators involved in creating 94 new illustrations for this project. These, along with previous illustrations, some done by Lucretia Breazeale Hamilton, will illustrate the approximately 151 species in the book.