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Useful Tropical Plants

Cojoba arborea

(L.) Britton & Rose

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Acacia arborea (L.) Willd.

Feuilleea filicifolia (Lam.) Kuntze

Mimosa arborea L.

Mimosa filicifolia Lam.

Pithecellobium angustifolium (Rusby) Rusby

Pithecellobium arboretum (L.) Urb.

Pithecellobium filicifolium (Lam.) Benth.

Pithecellobium sophorocarpum Benth.

Samanea arborea (L.) Ricker

Common Name:

Cojoba arborea
Seeds hanging fom the opening seedpod show why a common name for this plant is the Coral Snake Tree
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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General Information

Cojoba arborea is a small to very large evergreen tree with a broad, spreading crown. It is capable of growing up to 35 metres tall with a bole that is sometimes supported by high, narrow buttresses and can be 100cm in diameter[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its valuable wood. The timber, known in the trade as 'Bahama sabicu,' is exported principally from the West Indies[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. The tree is often grown as an ornamental and shade tree[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - Bolivia; C. America - Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala; Caribbean - Cuba, Dominican Rep., Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico

Habitat

Moist or wet forest, sometimes on limestone, at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. Chiefly found along streams and at the base of cliffs in the moist limestone region of Puerto Rico[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is dark red or reddish-brown, sometimes with darker stripes; the sapwood is greyish[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. The texture is medium; the grain somewhat roey; not highly lustrous; without distinctive odour or taste. The wood is moderately hard and heavy; strong; durable; not difficult to work; finishes smoothly[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. It has the general appearance of mahogany and is sometimes beautifully figured. An excellent timber for heavy and interior construction, it is used for cabinet making, furniture, bobbins, flooring, posts, and for general construction and carpentry[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -
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