The Pigeon pea is a small hero amongst the plants in the ecosystem. As a pioneering plant, it takes the lead in soil enrichment by producing natural fertilizers, making it an extremely valuable plants.
Resilient to drought, this pea transforms into a robust bush, strategically pruned and mulched to create an effective ground cover. Take a closer look, and you’ll find tough pea pods on this no-nonsense green bush. It’s like a durable fruit tree, living for years and bouncing back from the roots even after a trim.
The Pigeon Pea plays a vital role in building biomass in the topsoil, locking in carbon and ensuring water retention during dry spells. In those early years when tall trees are finding their feet, this unassuming plant steps up as the go-to pioneer, fostering crop growth, enriching the soil, and creating a cool micro-climate.
The Pigeon Pea plays a vital role in building biomass in the topsoil, locking in carbon and ensuring water retention during dry spells. In the crucial early years, while tall climax trees take root, the Pigeon Pea stands as the premier pioneer plant, fostering crop growth, soil fertility, and a cool micro-climate – making the pigeon our first hero.
Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan) is a leguminous plant native to tropical and subtropical regions. It is an important and versatile crop known for its various uses and ecological benefits.
Family: Fabaceae (Legume family)
Climate: Tropical, Subtropical
Height: 1 – 4m
Lifespan: 3 – 5 years
• Nitrogen Fixation
• Erosion Control
• Pioneer Plant
• Wildlife Habitat
• Food Crop
• Forage: Leaves and pods are used as animal feed
Nutritional Value: Pigeon pea seeds are a good source of protein, they provide dietary fiber, and essential nutrients