This species is closely related to Diphysa americana, differing in little except pubescence, and it is questionable whether the two are really distinct[
Diphysa floribunda is a large deciduous shrub or more usually a small or medium-sized tree that rarely grows more than 10 metres tall and is usually smaller[
]. The crown of the tree is often low and irregular, the bole low and often crooked or twisted[
The wood is harvested from the wild for use as timber and the source of a yellow dye[
]. Small amounts of wood were at one time exported from tropical America for the yellow dye that it yields[
Central America - Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico.
Brushy, dry or moist, often rocky hillsides, or in thin forest, at elevations of 1,400 - 2,100 metres in Guatemala[
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The trees often are propagated as living fence-posts[
A yellow dye is obtained from the wood[
]. It is used locally in dyeing, especially as a substitute for fustic (Chlorophora)[
The wood is easily recognized because of its greenish or greenish yellow colour, which becomes dark brown or reddish brown upon exposure; the sapwood is thin and yellowish white; it is hard, heavy, strong, and very durable. The wood is used locally for house- and fence-posts and in manufacture of small agricultural implements[
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