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Useful Tropical Plants

Lysiloma sabicu

Benth.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Acacia latisiliqua paucifoliola DC.

Leucaena formosa Griseb.

Lysiloma formosa Hitchc.

Lysiloma paucifoliola (DC.) Northr.

Common Name:

Lysiloma sabicu

General Information

Lysiloma sabicu is a semideciduous shrub or a small tree with a short bole that can be 60 - 90cm in diameter[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. When growing in woodland it can be a tree up to 12 metres tall, though it is also found as a shrub, flowering when no more than 1 metre tall[
1522
Title
Silk Tree, Guanacaste, monkey's Earing: a generic system for the synandrous Mimosaceae of the Americas
Publication
Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden Vol 74 Part 1 pp 1-292, 1996
Author
Barneby R.C.
Publisher
The New York Botanical Garden; New York
Year
1996
ISBN
0-89327-395-3
Description
A detailed treatment of several genera of the Mimosaceae found in N. America and the Caribbean
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber. It is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental in Florida[
1522
Title
Silk Tree, Guanacaste, monkey's Earing: a generic system for the synandrous Mimosaceae of the Americas
Publication
Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden Vol 74 Part 1 pp 1-292, 1996
Author
Barneby R.C.
Publisher
The New York Botanical Garden; New York
Year
1996
ISBN
0-89327-395-3
Description
A detailed treatment of several genera of the Mimosaceae found in N. America and the Caribbean
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1522
Title
Silk Tree, Guanacaste, monkey's Earing: a generic system for the synandrous Mimosaceae of the Americas
Publication
Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden Vol 74 Part 1 pp 1-292, 1996
Author
Barneby R.C.
Publisher
The New York Botanical Garden; New York
Year
1996
ISBN
0-89327-395-3
Description
A detailed treatment of several genera of the Mimosaceae found in N. America and the Caribbean

Range

West Indies - Bahamas; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Puerto Rico.

Habitat

Coppice and xeromorphic woodland, on coral-limestone soils near sea level, but also ascending to 600 metres[
1522
Title
Silk Tree, Guanacaste, monkey's Earing: a generic system for the synandrous Mimosaceae of the Americas
Publication
Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden Vol 74 Part 1 pp 1-292, 1996
Author
Barneby R.C.
Publisher
The New York Botanical Garden; New York
Year
1996
ISBN
0-89327-395-3
Description
A detailed treatment of several genera of the Mimosaceae found in N. America and the Caribbean
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height6.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds on a range of soil types[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
755
Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is heavy, hard, fine-grained, durable in water[
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.
]. It is used for ship-building and cabinet work[
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.
].
We have no more specific information for the wood of this species, but the following is a general description of wood from trees in this genus:-
The heartwood is a lustrous brown with a coppery or purplish tinge, sometimes faintly striped; it is sharply demarcated from the thin white sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight to roey; without distinctive odour or taste. The wood is highly durable; it is considered easy to work; finishes smoothly; and takes a high natural polish[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. It is used in general construction, for furniture, wheel wright work, parquet, interior trim, bobbins and shuttles, veneer, and knife handles[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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