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Leguminous thoughts: Gliricidia sepium on Gili Meno, Lombok, Indonesia

Leguminous thoughts: Gliricidia sepium on Gili Meno, Lombok, Indonesia
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Yesterday I spent walking in the hills behind the coconut-palm-fringed beach of Mangsit. I followed a track from Kerandangan uphill along the bed of a stream to the first cascade. I'd been here before in the rainy season when great torrents of water descended; but now there was a mere trickle, yet enough to furnish bathing in some cool pools. Wandering up I left behind me the farming areas and entered 'real forest'. Great ferns, pretty flowers underfoot, not all that many invasives. Singing birds, and there were even some Ebony leaf monkeys (I'd only seen them in Lombok on the slopes of the Rinjani).
Leaving cultivated land behind, I realized once again that plants up here were less cosmopolitan than along the coasts and well-travelled roads.
A good example of a cosmopolitan plant is this pretty Gliricidia sepium, a member of the legume family. Originating from the Middle Americas, it has become a cultivated and naturalised tree throughout the tropics. The Spaniards apparently introduced it from South America to the Philippines in the sixteenth century. A century later it was taken from Trinidad to Sri Lanka to shade tea plantations. Around 1900 'Liriksidia' or 'Gamal' or 'Bunga Jepun' - as it is known in Indonesia and Malaysia - was introduced here as a forage plant. In the coastal areas of Lombok it's often seen as fencing between pastures and farms. Frequently, too, more or less wild in scrubby areas just behind the palm-fringe edging the beaches.
This photo was taken on Gili Meno. In the close distance coconut palms just on the incline of rough and bright white coral sands.
Date: 2009-08-15 07:45:48



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pretty flowers.. lovely colors.
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A beautyful plant in was semes to be a lovely place so different from where I am and interesting to learn how it mowed over world .
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