- Animal lovers
A tree native to South America that starts growing again as soon as it is cut for use as firewood. It can reach more than 18 meters in five years. Animals love to feast on its nutritious leaves, pods, flowers, and even the tenderest branches. The seeds, roasted and ground, become an excellent coffee substitute. Ideal for those people who, after a setback, get right back up, stronger than ever!
Scientific name: Leucaena leucocephala
Common name: Leucacena
It originates in Mexico, but we encounter it all over the world, even in southern Italy. It's a tough and long-lived species, in adverse conditions it lasts 23 years, imagine when it's doing well! It grows best in rainy areas, with a temperature between 25 and 30°C. With its shrubby growth habit, it grows up to 10 meters with pubescent branches when young, becoming glabrous with age. It has small dark green linear-oblong leaves that develop along with white, dandelion-like flowers with the onset of warm weather.
Leucena belongs to a group of 100 or even more species.
Many species are said to be used locally for furniture making. The brightly colored seeds are used in handicrafts. Several alkaloids with medicinal properties have been isolated from some species.
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