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Ipil ipil

Leucaena leucocephala
Leguminosae
Ipil ipil
Small to medium-sized tree with doubly compound leaves to 25 cm long. Flowers are white, in round clusters. Pods are numerous, flat and shiny brown. A native of tropical America, it is now thoroughly naturalized thoughout the tropics including the Philippines. Usually a bush or small tree up to 6 m high, giant strains to 15 m and more have been introduced from Hawaii in the 1970s. It is extensively planted in the country as a reforestation species to control soil erosion. Highly resistant to high temperature, shade, drought, salinity, pests and disease.

Many ipil ipil trees grow in vacant lots in Alabang Hills, including some of the giant variety.

Ipil ipil
Ipil ipil
Ipil ipil
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