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Saga (Adenanthera pavonina)

Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)


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The Saga Tree is a deciduous tree that grows up to 15-20m tall. It is hardy, fast-growing, and low-maintenance.

The tree’s large spreading crown makes it suitable for providing shade in large gardens. It has distinctive fruit pods, and its scarlet seeds are known for their uniform weight: 4 seeds make up 1 gram. The seeds were widely used in the past as weight measures for gold and silver.

The Saga Tree has been naturalised throughout Malaysia, Africa, Pacific and the Caribbean Islands.

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Flowers of the Saga tree
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Close up of Saga flower
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Unopened Saga fruit pod
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Opened Saga fruit pod
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Compound leaves
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Saga tree by the roadside

Last updated on 30 December 2014

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