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Genus Leucaena Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae

Description: Trees or shrubs, stems usually without spines.

Leaves alternate, bipinnate, petiole often with gland on upper side; pinnae several; pinnules numerous.

Inflorescences axillary, globose heads, pedunculate; often most abundant near end of branches. Flowers numerous, mostly bisexual, whitish or yellowish. Flowers 5-merous. Calyx 5-lobed. Petals 5. Stamens 10, exserted. Ovary stipitate.

Pod stipitate, broad-linear, flat, dehiscent; seeds usually >10, mostly obovate, brown, transverse or oblique.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 50 species, tropical America. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Leucaena leucocephala

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