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Albizia guachapele / Pseudosamanea guachapele


Native to:



Guatemala Southward to Venezuela and Ecuador

Dry areas, pastures and abandoned fields. Up to 300 m.a.s.l. (recorded at 3000). 15 meter tall tree.

Albizia guachapele / Pseudosamanea guachapele

Ecological value:

Fixes atmospheric nitrogen which can be shared with neighboring plants. Fast growing, Drought tolerant. Tolerant of shallow, infertile soils. Pollinated by insects. Good source of nectar for bees.

Material uses:

Wood, yellow-brown with a gold luster. Durable and resistant to white and brown-rot fungi. Used for construction, veneers, furniture, floors, decking, railroad cross ties, shipbuilding etc. Golden dye obtained from heartwood.

Edible uses:

No record on this species.

Medicinal use:

No record on this species.

Other details:

Thrives in nitrogen-rich soil. Used as a shade tree. Can survive forest fires.


Michael Sanchez/Christine Facella


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