from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of ornamental shrubs and perennial herbs, of the order Leguminosæ, comprising about 80 species, natives of tropical America and northward to the borders of the United States. Several of the species yield an astringent juice.

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  • n. any of various shrubs and small trees valued for their fine foliage and attractive spreading habit and clustered white to deep pink or red flowers


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  • Nitrogen-fixing trees such as calliandra hold particular promise for supplementing current reforestation efforts.

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  • Someone offered to donate a ticket to Ethiopia so I could inspect a program we wanted to support -- calliandra and gravillia trees that not only anchored the soil, but produced blossoms for bees to forage, increasing yields in village honey cooperatives.

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  • OTHER USES: Calliandra produces flowers and copious nectar almost all year round, and honey yields from calliandra plantations are as high as 1 t/ha/yr.

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  • FODDER There initially was much optimism about the forage value of calliandra, and positive reports of its use have come from different areas.

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  • The use of calliandra in alley cropping has gained popularity in Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, Kenya and elsewhere, particularly in highlands above the usual range of leucaena.

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  • There is a possibility that calliandra can become weedy.

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  • SOIL IMPROVEMENT: Through biological nitrogen fixation, erosion control, and green manure/leaf litter, calliandra can improve soil quality and yields from associated crops.

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  • In many parts of Java calliandra wood has become a favorite fuel.

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  • The small size of the calliandra wood makes handling and chipping difficult, and therefore the pulps from

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  • One rotation sequence worked out by villagers at Toyomerto involves growing calliandra for 4 years, sugarcane for 4 years, and corn for 2 years.

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