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Lysiloma divaricatum / Lysiloma Seemannii


Native to:



Central America - Costa Rica to Mexico

Wooded, rocky, stream banks or on dry hillsides. From 300-1700 meters above sea level. 10 meters tall.

Lysiloma divaricatum / Lysiloma Seemannii

Ecological value:

Fixes atmospheric nitrogen. Drought tolerant. Species in this family are usually fast growing. Pollinated by insects. Grows often on slopes and in soils with high sand and/or clay content. The genus consists of 8 species native to the Americas.

Material uses:

Bark is a source of tannin. The wood is highly durable, considered easy to work with, finishes well. Used in general construction, for furniture, flooring, interiors, veneers, and handles. The sapwood is blood-red to pink and the heartwood brown or copper with a hint of purple.

Edible uses:

No record on this species.

Medicinal use:

No record on this species.

Other details:

Has an unusual leaf-flushing pattern in that after it loses leaves in the dry season, the new leaves did not appear until one month after the rainy season begins. Flowers have a sweet scent.
Suggested as an indicator species to quickly assert cattle grazing pressure in tropical dry forests.


Jiahuan Cheng/Christine Facella


“Lysiloma Divaricatum - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d. Accessed November 13, 2023.
Breeds et al, ‘Mauto (Lysiloma divaricatum, Fabaceae) Allometry as an Indicator of Cattle Grazing Pressure in a Tropical Dry Forest in Northwestern Mexico’, Rangeland Ecology & Management, 2005
Image source: Dick Culbert.

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