Adenanthera pavonina microsperma (Teijsm. & Binnend.) Nielsen.
Tree - at some time in the recent past it has lost its canopy
Photograph by: LiChieh Pan
Adenanthera microsperma is a deciduous tree with a broad, spreading, rounded crown; it can grow up to 30 metres tall[
]. The bole is up to 90cm in diameter[
Highly esteemed for its wood, which is gathered from the wild, it is also planted as an ornamental in gardens and is grown as a shade tree for coffee and other tree crops[
E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Valleys, along streams, forests, from sea level to 1,000 metres[
]. Dry evergreen and deciduous forest, and in forest margins at elevations up to 600 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
The trees can flower and produce fruit all year round[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The tree is often grown to provide shade for coffee and other tree crops[
The bark is recommended for tanning[
The yellow-brown to brown-red wood is very strong, hard, heavy, durable, resistant to insects and decay[
]. Much esteemed, it is used for house building, furniture, bridges, rolls in sugar mills etc[
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