Wild Tamarind

Also known as:
Lead Tree
Mexico and Central America

General description

Leguminous shrub or small tree (5-10m). Dull grayish-green bipinnate leaves, (<25 cm). Pinnae 4-9 pairs, leaflets <17 in opposite pairs. Globe shaped white flowers. Dark brown wattle like seed pods (<20 cm) clustered. Glossy brown seeds (6 mm).

Coastal or riparian habitats, shrublands and other disturbed sites.

Birds, small mammals, gravity and soil movement.

Reported as a weed in more than 20 countries across all continents except Europe and Antartica. It forms dense thickets and may replace native forest.

Site management

Recommended approaches

This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Species to be researched (not a Pest Plant) - Whole Region
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