Tropical Grasslands (1986) Volume 20, 78–83

POTENTIAL OF ALBIZIA LEBBECK (MIMOSACEAE) AS A TROPICAL FODDER TREE A REVIEW OF LITERATURE

J.H. PRINSEN

Queensland Department of Primary industries, Brian Pastures Research Station, Gayndah, Queensland, Australia 4625

Abstract

Albizia lebbeck (Indian siris), extensively grown as a shade tree in Queensland, has attributes which make it a potentially valuable species for pasture improvement. Literature on environmental requirements, establishment and production is reviewed. Indian siris is adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions, nodulates readily and its leaves provide a palatable, high-protein fodder. It is concluded that Indian siris can make an important contribution to plant and animal production from tropical pastures and could also be of special value in areas with salinity problems.

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