Gliricidia sepium

madre de cacao, mother of cocoa, Nicaragua cocoa shade, Mexican lilac, kakawate (Philippines), gamal (Indonesia)


  • Family Fabaceae (Papilionoideae).
  • Native to Central America and northern South America.
  • Wood used as fuelwood. Leaves used as livestock fodder. Trees used as cocoa shade and coffee shade and for soil improvement. Cutting used as living fence posts.
  • Weed Risk Assessment Score: -3 (low risk)

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Gliricidia sepium flowers A good fence protects seedlings

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