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Leucaena leucocephala

Lamtoro Pecai cina Fabaceae

 

Leucaena leucocephala

Leucaena leucocephala

Leucaena, Lead tree, or White popinac (Leucaena leucocephala) (also called petai cina in Indonesian and lamtoro or lamotorogung in Javanese) is a Mimosacea tropical plant used for fiber and livestock feed. It is also called Bawzagaing in Myanmr (formerly know as Burma)
It has been considered for biomass production, as its reported yield of foliage corresponds to a dried mass of 2000-20000 kg/ha/year, and that of wood 30-40 m/ha/year, with up to twice those amounts in favourable climates. It is also efficient in nitrogen fixation, at more than 500 kg/ha/year.
One of the drawbacks of this species is its susceptibility to insect infestations. In the 1980s, there was widespread loss in South East Asia due to pest attack by psyllids
Indigenous people in Mexico and Central America, where Leucaena is native, use it as a vegetable. Unripe seeds are consumed with gusto and added to salsa. Green seeds are also consumed raw in Thailand and Indonesia.
The shoots and young leaves are edible. They are often eaten raw with chilli paste.
If not cooked however, the tannic acid can be a bit strong. In fact, this plant used to be used to treat leather... so if the chillies don't upset your stomach, the acid will.

 

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