Sicklebush (Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn.) is a thorny, semi-deciduous to deciduous leguminous shrub that can reach a height of m (Orwa et al. Dichrostachys cinerea. Photo: Bart Wursten Gatsi Communal Area, Honde Valley . Dichrostachys cinerea. Photo: Bart Wursten Mukuvisi Woodland, office area. Dichrostachys cinerea is a very variable and taxonomically complex species found from Africa to Australia. It has at times been treated as several distinct species.

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Cape Town, South Africa: It can be used for fuel since it makes no smoke and burns slowly. Limpopo, Mpumalanga Soil type: Trees and shrubs of the Sahel, their characteristics and uses.

Dichrostachys cinerea

Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature Dichrostachyx of page The generic name Dichrostachys means ‘two-coloured spike’ and refers to the flowers, and the specific name ‘cinerea’ is from the Greek ‘konis’ and Latin ‘cineres’, referring to the grey hairs on the subspecies confined to India. The foliage of Dichrostachys cinerea is rich in tannins and particularly in condensed tannins, which may be detrimental to digestibility Makkar et al.

This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat Natural regeneration is strongest by root suckers. The growth of the plants is very fast[ ]. In Cuba in the amount of unusable land was enough pasture for two million head of cattle.


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Lock JM; Heald J, This is a QR code short for Quick Response which gives fast-track access to our website pages. Chinese latern tree; marabu thorn; mazabu Spanish: Seed – A fraction of seeds exhibit polyembryony with usually 2, sometimes 3, or rarely more embryos; the extent of polyembryony seems to be positively correlated with the number of seed produced[ ]. Skeels, Dichrostachys cinerea subsp. Publisher University of Wisconsin Year ISBN Description An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.

It also makes high quality firewood. Seasonal variation of nutrient concentrations in a semi-arid savanna ecosystem in Botswana.

Behaviour of goats, sheep and cattle and their selection of dicurostachys species on natural pasture in a Sahelian area. La dermatophilose aux Antilles francaises. The genus name is derived from the Greek, dis, meaning two; chroos, meaning colour; and stachys, meaning spike.

Pages 56 – Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Les ligneux fourragers du Nord-Cameroun. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The bark produces strong fibre used as twine. Legumes of West Asia. Reproductive Biology Large numbers of seeds are cinfrea almost all year long Fournet, It is considered to dichrlstachys termite resitant and has been used for a wide range of purposes including round wood, posts, exterior fittings, fences, though its utilization is limited by the scarcity of suitable dimensions and is more commonly used for walking sticks, tool handles, spears, etc.


It produces copious amounts of seeds which germinate readily. World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya.

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Current Agriculture, 17 The bark is astringent and vermifuge[ ]. Within a period of 10 years, an individual of this species can produce new stems in a radius of 15 m by its root suckers. The DM content can be influenced by the soil composition Aganga et al. Plans are underway to exploit it as a source of biomass for renewable power generation. A rust fungus, Uredo deformis has been identified in Sri Lanka as a potential biocontrol agent Evans, Land Transformation and Soil Quality.

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However, no breeding has been undertaken, even for ornamental, less cinfrea varieties. Legume forages Forage plants. International Common Names English: Cailliea cinerea Macbride Cailliea dichrostachys Guill.

Three-year-old seeds require only a minute pre-treatment for optimum germination.