Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) De Wit

Frost-tender, spineless shrub with leaves composed of up 6 or more pairs of pinnae, each composed 15 or more pairs of leaflets, and yellow-tinged white flowers in summer.  To 3m.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Don describes Acacia glauca as being possibly the same as Acacia leucocephala except that it has a narrower and longer bean.  Introduced to Britain as Acacia glauca in 1690 [PD] and as Acacia leucocephala in 1812 [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.9/1850].


Acacia glauca Ser. (1849) = Acacia glaucescens Cels. 

Published Nov 20, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:25 PM

More details about Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) De Wit
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Acacia leucocephala Link.
  • Mimosa leucocephala Lam.
  • Acacia glauca Moench
  • Leucaena glauca (Willd.) Benth.
  • Mimosa glauca L. 
Common Name

White popinac

Name in the Camden Park Record

Acacia glauca 

Confidence level high