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Useful Tropical Plants

Ebenopsis ebano

(Berland.) Barneby & J.W.Grimes

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Acacia flexicaulis Benth.

Chloroleucon ebano (Berland.) L.Rico

Ebenopsis caesalpinioides (Standl.) Britton & Rose

Ebenopsis confinis (Standl.) Britton & Rose

Ebenopsis flexicaulis (Benth.) Britton & Rose

Mimosa ebano Berland.

Pithecellobium ebano (Berland.) C.H.Müll.

Pithecellobium flexicaule (Benth.) J.M.Coult.

Zygia flexicaulis (Benth.) Sudw.

Common Name:

Ebenopsis ebano
Flowering branches
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General Information

Ebenopsis ebano is a slow-growing, spiny, evergreen tree with a dense, spreading crown, though it is semi deciduous in the coldest part of its range[
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Desert Tropicals
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http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
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Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
]. It grows very slowly, usually up to a height of about 6 metres, though occasional specimens, especially in the south of its range, have reached 15 metres with a bole 1.2 metres in diameter[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].
The edible seed is harvested from the wild for local use, whilst the wood also has local uses.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Central America - Mexico to southern N. America - Texas.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
Growth RateSlow
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A tree of warm temperate to tropical dry areas, able to withstand temperatures down to about -12°c[
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Title
Desert Tropicals
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Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].
Grows best in a sunny position, succeeding in most well-drained soils including acid conditions, but prefers an alkaline soil[
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Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
]. Tolerates compacted soils and windy sites[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
].

Edible Uses

Seed - roasted[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The green seeds are cooked and eaten[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The fully ripe seeds are roasted and eaten[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. When eaten in large quantities by people who are not accustomed to them, they can produce a mild discharge of the urethra similar in all respects to a blennorrhoea that does not damage and that has no consequence at all[
482
Title
Phytologia Vol. 41
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
H.N. & A.L. Moldenke; New Jersey.
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical publication with articles on a range of topics. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Green seed pods - cooked[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

The thick seedcoat is used as a substitute for coffee[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].
The roasted seeds are used as a substitute for coffee[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The black woody shells (seedpods?[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]) can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
].

The seed pods are brown and woody, 8 - 15cm long and 2.5 - 4cm wide[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].

Medicinal

The toasted seeds are purgative[
482
Title
Phytologia Vol. 41
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
H.N. & A.L. Moldenke; New Jersey.
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical publication with articles on a range of topics. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The tree has been used in reclamation projects[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
].

Other Uses

The heartwood is dark red to purplish brown, the sapwood is yellowish[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The wood is hard, close-grained, very durable, but brittle[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
482
Title
Phytologia Vol. 41
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
H.N. & A.L. Moldenke; New Jersey.
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical publication with articles on a range of topics. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It is used for cabinet work, fence posts, wagons etc[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed - requires pre-treatment by first of all scarifying the seedcoat and then soaking the seed for 12 - 24 hours in warm water[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].

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