Plants shrubs or small trees; young branchlets densely grey-puberulous. Leaves: with 3-7 pinnae, each with (5-)7-17(-21) pairs of leaflets; leaflets 7-18 mm long, 1.5-5 mm wide, puberulous on the margins and sometimes over the lower on the lower surface, acute-tipped. Flowers: calyx 2-3.5 mm long; corolla 4-5.25 mm long, pale green; filaments 6.5-7.5 mm lonf, whote, anthers hairy. Pods 8-18 cm long, (1.4-)1.8-2.1 cm wide.
Leucaena leucocephala is native to the Americas but widely cultivated in the tropics, including in Somaliland.
It is grown as a shade tree, for wood, or for browse but it is now regarded as one of the world's top 100 weeds. Thulin notes that it is suitable browse, in moderate amounts, for cattle and goats but poisonous to other domestic animals.