top of page

Apoplanesia paniculata


Native to:



Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica. 

Tropical dry forest. Elevations between 200-300 meters above sea level. 8 meter tall tree.

Apoplanesia paniculata

Ecological value:

Dense masses of white flowers attracts pollinators including bees, and various species of Lepidoptera (family of butterflies/moths). The flowers are attractive in that they are clustered in multiples, and have yellow or raspberry-colored blotches. Fixes atmospheric nitrogen.

Material uses:

Wood, hard and resilient and resistant to decay. Used locally for small cabinets, in turnery -traditionally used in turnery to make bowls. Yellow dye from bark. Some accounts report a red dye. Was a valuable source of red dye for the Maya.

Edible uses:

No record on this species.

Medicinal use:

No record on this species.

Other details:

Known as Kikche in Mayan. ‘Kik’ means ‘blood’ and ‘she’ means ‘wood’. If a cut is made in the bark, it exudes a red sap. Dye used in Mayan murals.


Senna Lau/Christine Facella


“Apoplanesia Paniculata C.Presl | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science.” n.d. Plants of the World Online. Accessed November 28, 2023.
“Apoplanesia Paniculata - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d. Accessed November 29, 2023.
“APOPLANESIA PANICULATA.” n.d. Accessed November 29, 2023.
Image source: Pablo Carrillo-Reyes

bottom of page