|Etymology||Genus||Dormouse killer; referring to the seeds and bark used to poison rodents|
|Species||Hedge; referring to it being planted for such purpose|
|Synonyms||Galedupa pungam Blanco, Gliricidia lambii Fernald, Gliricidia maculata (Kunth) Walp.|
|Common Names||Mexican Lilac|
|Native Distribution||Central America|
Gliricidia sepium is a cultivated tree sparingly planted along our roads and parks. The natural form has voluminous and straggling foliage while cultivated ones here normally have their lower branches pruned, resulting in a dense cluster of upward pointing branches. The pinnate leaves are arranged spirally, giving a bushy appearance. Each leaflet is elliptic with pointed tips and a pale green underside. The inflorescences are pink.
The natural forms of the Mexican Lilac at Bidadari Cemetery.
Leaflets, note the pale green underside.