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

Zambia: 1 cultivated taxon.

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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 Zimbabwe: Leucaena
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Leucaena

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Leucaena
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Leucaena
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Leucaena
Wikipedia: Leucaena
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Leucaena
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Leucaena

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: genus page: Leucaena.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=669, retrieved 26 November 2022

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