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Leucaena leucocephala

Lamtoro Pecai cina Fabaceae

Pecai cina, lamtoro, Leucaena leucocephala

 

Leucaena leucocephala

Pecai cina, lamtoro, 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.

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