Acacia latisiliqua paucifoliola DC.
Leucaena formosa Griseb.
Lysiloma formosa Hitchc.
Lysiloma paucifoliola (DC.) Northr.
Lysiloma sabicu is a semideciduous shrub or a small tree with a short bole that can be 60 - 90cm in diameter[
]. 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[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber. It is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental in Florida[
West Indies - Bahamas; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Puerto Rico.
Coppice and xeromorphic woodland, on coral-limestone soils near sea level, but also ascending to 600 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds on a range of soil types[
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[
The wood is heavy, hard, fine-grained, durable in water[
]. It is used for ship-building and cabinet work[
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[
]. It is used in general construction, for furniture, wheel wright work, parquet, interior trim, bobbins and shuttles, veneer, and knife handles[
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