White Lead-tree

Leucaena leucocephala

White Lead-tree, Leucaena leucocephala, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Kerio Valley, Elgeyo-Merakwet, Kenya, Africa. December 2014.

White Lead-tree, Leucaena leucocephala, photo © Michael Plagens

This exotic tree species, originally from tropical America has been widely planted for production of timber, fuel wood and animal fodder. It looks similar to several acacia species, but lacks thorns. The flowers occur in sphericle clusters and are small. The long stamens provide most of the white color. Like all legumes the seeds are borne in two-valved pods. The pods become woody and brown and are laterally compressed.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 26 Oct. 2015.