Agati – Sesbania Grandiflora

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Agati is a tree native to Eastern Indonesia and possibly Northern Australia. It is used as an edible plant, as fodder from cattle and goats, and as a suitable pioneering plant and green mulch due to its fast growth. It has beautiful red flowers that are cooked in Thai and Indian traditions, as well as edible leaves which can be used in curry dishes.

Agati grows quickly to a height of 3-8 meters, and usually features a few sparsely leafed branches. Cultures in which it is native plant it for its nitrogen fixing properties around main crops, where it does not shade them out, and can be chopped for a protein-rich addition to livestock feed. It is tolerant of a great variety of soils, including hard clay, and can withstand drought conditions.