Its the month of March and on the hills at the rear of our housing complex the beautiful Gliricidia trees are in full bloom. Earlier the hills were bare and stony and when Gliricidia trees were planted in a short while the plants became trees. The lovely flowers are in bloom during March April and soon the trees become bare. I am sharing few pictures taken by me.
For more information please read the Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gliricidia_sepium
Gliricidia sepium is a medium-sized tree and can grow to about 10 meters high. The bark is smooth and has composite leaves. Each leaf is composed of leaflets that are about 2 to 7 cm long and 1 to 3 cm wide. The flowers are located on the end of branches that have no leaves. These flowers have a bright pink to lilac color that is tinged with white.
The tree is used in many tropical and sub-tropical countries for various purposes such as live fencing, fodder, coffee shade, firewood, green manure. Live fences can be grown from 1.5 m to 2.0 m stakes of Gliricidia sepium in just a month.
Because it fixes nitrogen in the soil, it boosts crop yields significantly without the expense of chemical fertilizers. It is also one of the most important tropical agro forestry trees and is an effective wind-breaker.