Strand Tangantangan (Fosbergii)

The Strand Tangantangan (Fosbergii) may be available from nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors.

Uses of : Landscaping, Medicinal, Culinary, etc.

The wood is reportedly used as fuel on Guam (Limtiaco and Guzman 1999), but other larger and more woody species from the same habitat would generally be used in preference to this species. The leaves are reportedly used as fodder on Guam (Limtiaco and Guzman 1999), but possibly this record arises due to confusion with Leucaena leucocephala. Its suitability as a fodder needs to be clarified. The species has some environmental importance in the protection of fragile seaside ecosystems, including nitrogen inputs to infertile sandy soils. It may have some potential application in Pacific atoll environments for addition of nitrogen and carbon to taro production systems, especially where organic matter has been lost due to drought.

General Characteristics

General: Pea Family (Fabaceae). Schleinitzia fosbergii is a nitrogen-fixing large shrub with a restricted

General Upkeep and Control

Propagate from seed that has been pre-treated to overcome hard-seededness. Seed germinates readily and rapidly taking about 5-7 days. The recommended pre-treatment is boiling water, pour and soak: this involves adding seed to just-boiled water, stirring for 60 seconds and leaving stand for five minutes. Manual nicking or clipping, followed by soaking in tap water for 12 hours, is an effective pre-treatment for smaller quantities of seed.

In nurseries in Guam, seedlings have been damaged by insects infestations near to the stem junction with the soil. Due to the difficulties in raising contained seedling stock the species is unknown in cultivation. It is expected to grow at a moderate rate in strandline habitats similar to those in which it naturally occurs.

Environmental Concerns The greatest threat to this species in Guam is the invasion and replacement by non-native species, including Leucaena leucocephala, in those portions of the strand habitat outside of the influence of salt spray and wave action during severe weather events. Stands may also be destroyed by typhoons.

Plant Basics
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database,
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA