African Locust Tree
Parkia biglobosa, also known as the African locust bean, is a perennial deciduous tree . It is found in a wide range of environments and is primarily grown for its pods that contain both a sweet pulp and valuable seeds. Parkia can grow into a large tree indeed with many spreading branches. The leaves are fine and feathery. The inflorescence, which happens in December-January is similar to a Badminton Ball hanging at the tip of a long thick stalk - the reason for its common name.
In the winter season, 1 - 2 ft branches, hanging from the leaf axil, bear rust coloured bead-like flower heads, which gradually gain size of a tennis ball - and the "flowers" bloom to spectacular white electric bulbs! The flowers in round white heads are prominent, hence the native name 'Chendul' , or ball. Leaves bipinnate with very numerous leaflets; rachis of leaf downy, 1 ft. of more long; pinnae 20-30 pair, 60 to 100 pairs leaflets, rigid, 1/4 in. long.
As a standing tree, locust bean may have a positive effect on the yield of other nearby crops.
Chanduphal prefers full sunlight and moderate watering. It grows well with Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils.
Landscape UsesAfrican locust tree is commonly used as an ornamental tree
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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