Gliricidia sepium

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Gliricidia sepium (Jacq) Walp.
  • Gliris means 'dormouse' and Caedo means 'kill'

  • Synonyms : Robinia sepium Jacq.
  • Common Name : Madre Tree, The Spotted Gliricidia, Dormouse Destroyer Tree
  • Plant Family : Papilionaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 5, 8, 11, 16, 18, 20, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Basan

About Gliricidia sepium Plant :

  • Habit : A small, very quick growing tree.
  • Leaves : Impari pinnate, leaflets oblong, blunt at apex, covered with fine hairs, black spotted below, deciduous in winter when the tree flowers.
  • Flowers :
    • Flowers on long branches with pinkish purple or pale pink clusters.
    • Calyx lobed. Corolla with large, erect, backward curving standard, 2 sickle-shaped wings and an incurving keel-petal.
  • Fruit : Pod long, flat.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : February-April
  • Significance : Cultivated in the gardens as an ornamental tree.