Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Faidherbia Albida

There is a super tree in Africa, the Faidherbia Albida or commonly know as Apple-ring Acacia.

Unlike most other trees, it sheds its leaves during the early rainy season at the time when seeds need fertilizer and regrows them at the beginning of the dry season, so not competing with crops for light. Planting the trees can nearly triple yields. In Malawi, maize yields under the acacia are 280 per cent higher than outside it.
This fast-growing tree provides organic fertiliser and it acts as a windbreak, is an excellent source fuelwood (19.741 kJ/kg = very high) and construction and cuts erosion by loosening the soil to absorb water during the rainy season. Its deep-penetrating tap root makes it highly resistant to drought.

Faidherbia Albida is important in raising bees, since its flowers provide bee forage at the close of the rainy season, when most other local plants do not. The seed pods are very great for raising livestock as it makes the animals stronger.
The tree has medicinal value for the treatment of infections such as those of the respiratory kind, also for malaria and fevers. It is useful in treating problems of the digestive system. The bark is employed in dental hygiene and its extract is employed in the treatment of toothache. The extract is also used to treat ocular infections in farm animals.

In short, every living organism on the planet thrives under Faidherbia Albida and makes it reach its highest potential.

Lisa, you are our Faidherbia Albida, thanks for letting us grow under your branches. 
Happy Birthday – Jeg elsker dig.


1 comment:

carrie said...

Wonderful! You have a sweet husband and I love reading both of your blog posts and I hope you are all feeling better! I read in the wrong order and was catching up after a while. Take care!