Drepanocarpus isadelphus E. Mey.
Machaerium armatum Vogel
Machaerium bangii Rusby
Machaerium costaricanum Pittier
Machaerium longifolium Benth.
Machaerium marginatum Standl.
Machaerium schunkei J.F. Macbr.
Machaerium setulosum Pittier
Machaerium tobagense Urb.
Common Name: Uña de Gato
Machaerium isadelphum is a spiny plant varying in habit from a climbing plant to a shrub or small tree. It usually grows from 3 - 10 metres tall, with a bole 5 - 30cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. The plant is very ornamental when in flower, at which time it can be seen from quite a distance[
S. America - Brazil, Peru, north through Central America to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad and Topbago
Moist or dry thickets or forest, often along stream banks, sometimes in pine forest, at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
]. Non-inundated habitats and along river banks, in rain forest, coastal dry forest and dry inter Andean valleys[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
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[
A reddish gum resin obtained from the bark is considered to be antidote to the bites of poisonous snakes[
The bark yields a gum resin[
The soft, fibrous wood is only suitable for purposes such as crates and pallets[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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