Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) DeWit.

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Leucaena leucocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Harare

Leucaena leucocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Harare

Leucaena leucocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Harare

Leucaena leucocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Harare

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Frequency: Rare
Status: Introduced
Description:
Unarmed shrub or small tree. Branchlets densely covered in grey hairs. Leaves twice compound with a distinct gland on the rhachis between the lowest pair of pinnae. Flowers in spherical heads, white to pale yellow. Pods in clusters, thin and flattened but slightly raised over the seeds, splitting into straight halves.
Notes: Introduced as a fodder tree. It is said to be poisonous to livestock when eaten in large quantities. A rare escape in Zimbabwe but it is a declared weed in parts of South Africa, where it invades roadsides, forest margins and river banks.
Derivation of specific name: leucocephala: with white heads
Habitat: Roadsides and disturbed ground
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to tropical America
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Saturday 11 February 2006
Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 52 - 53. (Includes a picture).


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African Plant Database: Leucaena leucocephala
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Leucaena leucocephala
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Leucaena leucocephala
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Leucaena leucocephala
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Leucaena leucocephala
Ispot Southern Africa : Leucaena leucocephala
JSTOR Plant Science: Leucaena leucocephala
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Leucaena leucocephala
Tropicos: Leucaena leucocephala
West African Plants database: Leucaena leucocephala


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Leucaena leucocephala.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126280, retrieved 24 May 2016

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