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Campus Trees

Leucaena leucocephala


Family:  Mimosaceae

Common Names: Wild tamarind,  Leadtree

Flowering Period: November – April


  • Large leguminous thornless shrub or small scrubby tree, forming dense stands with bushy crowns up to 6m height.
  • Relatively short-lived, with lifespan of 20-40 years. Bark greyish with prominent lenticels
  • Bipinnately-compound leaves with small grey-green leaflets, pungent when crushed. White and filamentous, produced in dense globular heads (1-2 cm across), resembling those of Mimosa.
  • Explosive capsules, flat and thin, up to 20cm long by 2cm wide, ripening from green to brown, each containing 15-25 shiny brown seeds.


  • Edible Plant Parts – fruit, leaves, seeds
  • Leaf paste applied to poisonous stings and bites in Myanmar. Seeds used to treat diabetes and expel intestinal worms.
  • Roasted seeds used as emollient and to increase menstrual flow.
  • Wood used as firewood and charcoal.
  • Also used as easily-digestible fodder for livestock.