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Useful Tropical Plants

Cynometra hemitomophylla

(Donn.Sm.) Rose

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Copaifera hemitomophylla Donn.Sm.

Common Name: Cativo

Cynometra hemitomophylla
Trees growing along the shore line
Photograph by: Reinaldo Aguilar
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General Information

Cynometra hemitomophylla is an evergreen tree with a dense, rounded crown; it can grow 25 - 35 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 100cm in diameter. The lower 2 metres of the bole are dominated by long, thin, buttresses that disappear into the ground after subdividing and snaking around the base of the tree[
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Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
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Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
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Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
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The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its timber. It would make an excellent ornamental and shade tree[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

870
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Volume 45
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis
Year
1958
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal. This edition includes a part of the Flora of Panama.. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Central America - Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico.

Habitat

A canopy tree of humid, primary forests, growing on well drained hillsides and valleys as well as along the sandy coastline[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
].

Properties

HabitEvergreen Tree
Height30.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Butterflies
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the moist lowland tropics, it sometimes ascends to 500 metres.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is dense and very hard[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
]. Older branches and trunks sport a rich, black heartwood. The wood was once used in making ship keels, taking advantage of its great weight and resistance to the elements[
510
Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-08-19. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Cynometra+hemitomophylla>

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