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Leucaena leucocephala


English: leucaena
Luganda: lusina

Fodder characteristics

Palatability: Good.

Nutritional value: Good, high protein.

Safety: Poisonous in large amounts, but safe up to 30% of the diet after acclimatisation.

Other characteristics/uses

Agroforestry: Useful for stabilising erosion control bunds, but not as crop-friendly as calliandra. Nitrogen fixing.


In Uganda, the productivity of leucaena has been drastically reduced by a psyllid.  If left unpruned it will grow into a small to medium tree, but it it is often managed as a shrub.

Useful references

World Agroforestry Centre - Agroforestree Database

Combined with Markhamea lutea on an erosion-control bund

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Wikipedia commons

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