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Cynometra hemitomophylla


Native to:



Parts of Central America

Moist lowland tropics, well drained hillsides. Up to 500 meters above sea level. Tree, up to 30 meters tall.

Cynometra hemitomophylla

Ecological value:

Pollinated by honeybees and butterflies. Belongs to a genus of 113 species. Other species of Cynometra are known for attracting wildlife.

Material uses:

Very dense and hard wood, resistant to elements. Has been used to make ship keels due to its resistance to elements and it’s durability.

Edible uses:

No record on this species.

Medicinal use:

Some species of Cynometra have medicinal properties, primarily concentrated in the leaves.

Other details:

Would make good ornamental shade tree. Species in the fabaceae family often form a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria and form visible nodules on their roots. Nitrogen can be shared with nearby plants. hreatened species in some parts of Central America.


Peaches Harrison/Christine Facella


“Cynometra Hemitomophylla (Donn.Sm.) Rose | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science.” n.d. Plants of the World Online. Accessed November 27, 2023.
‌“Cynometra Hemitomophylla - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d. Accessed November 7, 2023.
Image source: W.A. Djatmiko (picture of Cynometra cauliflora)

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