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This report describes a little-known tree legume, Calliandra calothrysus.  In 1936, foresters transported seed from Guatemala to Indonesia.  They were interested in calliandra and other legumes as possible green manures or shade trees in coffee plantations.  Today Javanese cultivate calliandra widely, often intercropping it with fruit trees and vegetables.  However, calliandra remains essentially unknown elsewhere, and the purpose of this report is to recount Java' experience in that hope that other countries will be encouraged to investigate calliandra's promise for themselve.

Publication Details

  • Published: 1983
  • Publisher: National Academy Press
  • Dewey Decimal: 634.973
  • ECHO Library: 634.973 NRC