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Introduction and Description
Uses and Efficacy
Gliricidia was first used in Mexico to provide shade for cacao plantations. It is from this use that the Aztecs labeled the tree "Madre de Cacao" (Mother of cacao). Later, in the 18th Century, Gliricidia was brought to Sri Lanka to provide
shade for coffee plantations. Today, the tree's long leafy branches are used to shade vanilla and tea crops as well.
The tree is also known in Spanish as "Palo de Hierrro" (Tree of Iron) which eludes to Gliricidia's hard, heavy wood. This makes it ideal for fuelwood; a vital energy source in tropical regions and areas where gas and propane are not as accessible or affordable. Due to the wood's durability and its resistance to weathering and disease, it is also used for furniture, tool h...
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