The Lucerne Tree
also known as Tagasaste,
(biological name Chamaecytisus palmensis)
is an evergreen tree that can live for 60 – 80 years.
Its leaves provide a protein-rich food
which animals can safely browse without any risk of bloating.
The tree grows extremely fast,
responds well to severe pruning
and recovers quickly after it has been browsed.
It grows well in winter-rainfall areas,
is drought, frost and heat-resistant
and thrives in well-drained poor, sandy soil.
Typical of lucerne plants, it has nitrogen-fixing nodules in its roots which enrich the soil.
First cultivated in Australia in 1982 for sheep farmers, it has proven to improve the carrying capacity of the land dramatically and has transformed the land and the soil.
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