3447.000 Leucaena Benth.

Description of the genus

Unarmed trees or shrubs. Leaves 2-pinnate; with (in ours) usually a gland at the junction of the lowest pair of pinnae, but without glands on the petiole or elsewhere on the rhachis. Inflorescence a spherical head, pedunculate, axillary, 1-3 together, often aggregated in a raceme. Calyx gamosepalous, with 5 teeth. Petals 5, free. Stamens 10. Anthers conspicuously pilose. Pod flattened, thinly subcoriaceous, splitting into 2 non-recurving valves. Seeds flattened, brown, glossy.

Derivation of name: from Greek: leukainein, to whiten, referring to the colour of the flowers.

Worldwide: 22 species from Texas to Peru

Caprivi: 1 cultivated taxon.

Leucaena leucocephala

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leucocephala (Lam.) DeWit.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Leucaena:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Leucaena
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Leucaena
Flora of Mozambique: Leucaena
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Leucaena
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Leucaena
Flora of Zimbabwe: Leucaena
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Leucaena

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Leucaena
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Leucaena
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Leucaena
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Leucaena
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Leucaena
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Leucaena
JSTOR Plant Science: Leucaena
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Leucaena
Plants of the World Online: Leucaena
Tropicos: Leucaena
Wikipedia: Leucaena

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated plants: genus page: Leucaena.
https://www.capriviflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=669, retrieved 18 July 2024

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