A small, medium-sized, or often very tall tree with a spreading crown, sometimes 30 meters high or more[
]. The bole can be 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible seeds and flowers[
]. A good shade tree, it is often left in pastures when jungles are cleared[
Central America - Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.
Moist or wet, mixed forest, ascending from sea level to about 2,200 metres, but chiefly at low elevations[
|Cultivation Status||Semi-cultivated, Wild
Edible seed - boiled[
]. An important food during seasons when there is a failure of the maize crop, when they are cooked and eaten in various ways[
The inflorescences often fall from the trees in great numbers and carpet the ground[
]. In this state they are sometimes cooked and eaten[
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