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Robrichia schomburgkii - Guabino


Native to:



Central America and northern and central South America.

Tropical rainforest, in dry lowland forests, hillsides, 80-700 meters above sea level. 25 meter tall tree.

Robrichia schomburgkii - Guabino

Ecological value:

Has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria which form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen which can be shared with nearby plants. A sub canopy tree, succeeds in fairly dense shade and full sun. Prefers fertile soil.

Material uses:

Good quality, hard and heavy wood that is fairly durable and resistant to fungi and wood-boring insects. Used in furniture and cabinetry, flooring, in tools, frames, boat building etc. Saw dust might cause allergies. Widely exploited from the wild.

Edible uses:

No record on this species.

Medicinal use:

No record on this species.

Other details:

Differs from Enterolobium cyclocarpum as it has smaller and smoother seed-pods as well as smaller and denser leaflets. The wood is also reportedly denser. Used as animal fodder. Formerly Enterolobium schomburgkii.


Ellen Rust/Christine Facella


“Robrichia Schomburgkii (Benth.) A.R.M.Luz & E.R.Souza | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science.” n.d. Plants of the World Online. Accessed December 21, 2023.
“Enterolobium Schomburgkii - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d. Accessed December 21, 2023.
“Robrichia Schomburgkii.” 2023. Wikipedia. August 24, 2023.
‌Lorenzi. H., ‘Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition’, Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil, 2002
Image source: Caranpaima

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