It has a good potential for use as a pioneer species. Products from the tree, especially the seeds, are sold in local markets, and the seeds are sometimes exported to Europe. The tree is planted as a roadside tree in parts of Africa. It’s a multipurpose tree, providing food, medicines and a wide range of commodities to the local population.
Lysiloma latisiliquum is a versatile tree that grows up to 20 meters tall. It can adapt to various soil types and is native to Mexico, Florida, and Cuba. The wood of this tree is highly durable and used for construction and furniture. It also benefits ecosystems by attracting bees, fixing nitrogen, and enriching soil. It is commonly planted in parks and coastal areas for shade.
Leucaena leucocephala is a versatile evergreen tree used in Agroforestry systems. It provides income through various uses, such as animal feed and vegetable consumption. The wood is used for fibre in paper production and can be used for animal feed and its young leaves/seeds can be consumed as a vegetable and aids in soil improvement and erosion control.
This tree is grown to provide shade in cocoa and coffee plantations. It’s used as a source of food, medicine, fuel and it has environmental uses and the young fruits and leaves can be eaten as a vegetable. Senna siamea has been introduced and grown for timber, fuel wood or for ornamental value. The wood is medium-weight to heavy, hard to very hard, resistant to termites, strong and durable; it’s used for cabinet making, inlaying, handles, sticks and other decorative uses; being also used for poles, posts and bridges.
Black catechu is a spiny, deciduous tree that is a source of tannins which has a wide range of uses including in medicine, as a dye and preservative. The bark is a rich source of tannins and the tree provides timber. The wood makes an excellent fuel, and is ideal for making charcoal. The tree's seeds are a good source of protein. Branches of the tree are quite often cut for goat fodder and are sometimes fed to cattle. The heart wood and bark of the tree are used in traditional medicine and planted in a closed system under well-known management.
Moringa oleifera is a small, deciduous tree with a crooked trunk and sparse foliage. It can reach up to 10 meters in height and 60 cm in diameter. This versatile tree has various uses - flowers and young leaves are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked in salads or soups. The seeds can be used to extract a flavourful edible oil. This tree has many medicinal uses and contains a potent antibiotic and its oil is used in cosmetics, perfumes, and lubricants. The wood is light and used for light construction. It grows quickly and can be used for hedges, shade, and wind protection. It is also cultivated for ornamental purposes.