Glycine (plant)

Glycine (plant)

Glycine is a genus in the bean family Fabaceae. The most well known species is the soybean (Glycine max). While the majority of the species are found only in Australia, the soybean's native range is in East Asia. A few species extend from Australia to East Asia (e.g., G. tomentella and G. tabacina)

Glycine species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species: The Engrailed, The Nutmeg and Turnip Moth have all been recorded on soybean.


Subgenus Glycine

Subgenus Soja (Moench) F.J. Herm.


Recent Taxonomic References:

  • Pfeil, B.E., Craven, L.A., Brown, A.H.D., Murray, B.G. and Doyle, J.J. (2006). Three new species of northern Australian Glycine (Fabaceae, Phaseolae), G. gracei, G. montis-douglas and G. syndetika. Australian Systematic Botany, 19, 245-258.
  • Pfeil, B.E. and Craven, L.A. (2002). New taxa in Glycine (Fabaceae: Phaseoleae) from north-western Australia. Australian Systematic Botany, 15, 565-573.
  • Pfeil, B.E. , Tindale, M.D. and Craven, L.A. (2001). A review of the Glycine clandestina species complex (Fabaceae, Phaseoleae) reveals two new species. Australian Systematic Botany, 14, 891-900.
  • Pfeil, B.E. and Tindale, M.D. (2001). Glycine. in Flora of NSW, revised edition. Vol. 2, ed. G. Harden. Sydney, NSW University Press.
  • Doyle, J.J., Doyle, J.L., Brown, A.H.D. and Pfeil, B.E. (2000). Confirmation of shared and divergent genomes in the Glycine tabacina polyploid complex (Leguminosae) using histone H3-D sequences. Systematic Botany, 25, 437-448.
  • Tindale M.D. and Craven L.A. (1993) Glycine pindanica (Fabaceae: Phaseolae), a new species from west Kimberley, Western Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 6, 371-376.
  • Tindale M.D. and Craven L.A. (1988) Three new species of Glycine (Fabaceae: Phaseolae) from North-western Australia, with notes on amphicarpy in the genus. Australian Systematic Botany 1, 399–410.
  • Tindale, M.D. (1986) Taxonomic notes on three Australian and Norfolk Island species of Glycine Willd. (Fabaceae: Phaseolae) including the choice of a neotype for G. clandestina Wendl. Brunonia 9: 179-191.
  • Tindale, M.D. (1984) Two new eastern Australian species of Glycine Willd. (Fabaceae). Brunonia 7: 207-213.
  • Newell, C.A. and Hymowitz, T. (1980). A taxonomic revision on the genus Glycine subgenus Glycine (Leguminosae). Brittonia 32:63-69.
  • Hermann, F.J. (1962). A revision of the genus Glycine and its immediate allies, Tech. Bull. U.S.D.A. 1268.

Older Taxonomic References:

  • Hayata, Ic. Pl. Formos. 9: 29 (1920)
  • G.Bentham, Glycine, Fl. Austral. 2: 242–245 (1864)

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