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Useful Tropical Plants

Macrolobium acaciifolium

(Benth.) Benth.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Outea acaciifolia Benth.

Vouapa acaciaefolia (Benth.) Kuntze

Vouapa acaciaefolia (Benth.) Baill.

Common Name:

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General Information

Macrolobium acaciifolium is a deciduous tree with a spreading crown; it usually grows up to 10 metres tall, but can reach 30 metres. The erect bole branches from around 1.5 metres, it is moderately cylindrical, around 35cm in diameter, wiith broad buttresses[
493
Title
Flora of Yucatan
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
The first flora that was attempted for this area in 1930, so it is obviously lacking information and the Botanical names can be out of date. Still, an excellent work and it records many plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
922
Title
Non-timber forest products of the North-West District of Guyana
Publication
Tropenbos-Guyana Series 8a
Author
van Andel T.R.
Publisher
Tropenbos-Guyana Programme; Georgetown, Guyana
Year
2000
ISBN
90-393-2536-7
Description
A very detailed study of the peoples and the plants they use, it includes a field guide to almost 500 species of useful plants.
,
1530
Title
O gênero Macrolobium Schreb. (Leguminosae) no estado do Amapá, Brasil
Publication
Iheringia, Série Botânica, Porto Alegre, 72(2):267-275, 31 de agosto de 2017
Author
Félix-da-Silva et al.
Website
http://10.21826/2446-8231201772213
Publisher
 
Year
2017
ISBN
2446-8231
Description
 
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood and fruits. It is grown as a street tree, being often used in Brazil to ornament public squares[
1530
Title
O gênero Macrolobium Schreb. (Leguminosae) no estado do Amapá, Brasil
Publication
Iheringia, Série Botânica, Porto Alegre, 72(2):267-275, 31 de agosto de 2017
Author
Félix-da-Silva et al.
Website
http://10.21826/2446-8231201772213
Publisher
 
Year
2017
ISBN
2446-8231
Description
 
].
Machaerium acaciifolium is widespread in northern South America and is known to occur within a number of protected areas throughout the species' range. The taxon is not considered to be threatened or in decline. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1530
Title
O gênero Macrolobium Schreb. (Leguminosae) no estado do Amapá, Brasil
Publication
Iheringia, Série Botânica, Porto Alegre, 72(2):267-275, 31 de agosto de 2017
Author
Félix-da-Silva et al.
Website
http://10.21826/2446-8231201772213
Publisher
 
Year
2017
ISBN
2446-8231
Description
 

Range

S. America - Bolivia northern Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, northwestern Brazil, Venezuela, the Guianas.

Habitat

Periodically flooded savannah and riparian forest[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
,
922
Title
Non-timber forest products of the North-West District of Guyana
Publication
Tropenbos-Guyana Series 8a
Author
van Andel T.R.
Publisher
Tropenbos-Guyana Programme; Georgetown, Guyana
Year
2000
ISBN
90-393-2536-7
Description
A very detailed study of the peoples and the plants they use, it includes a field guide to almost 500 species of useful plants.
]. Dense, evergreen forest and along the margins of clearings in Peru[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
,
493
Title
Flora of Yucatan
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
The first flora that was attempted for this area in 1930, so it is obviously lacking information and the Botanical names can be out of date. Still, an excellent work and it records many plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height10.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen.

Edible Uses

The seeds are edible, but people warned that eating too much of them will rotten the teeth or cause lice infestation[
922
Title
Non-timber forest products of the North-West District of Guyana
Publication
Tropenbos-Guyana Series 8a
Author
van Andel T.R.
Publisher
Tropenbos-Guyana Programme; Georgetown, Guyana
Year
2000
ISBN
90-393-2536-7
Description
A very detailed study of the peoples and the plants they use, it includes a field guide to almost 500 species of useful plants.
]..The seedpods are around 40 - 55mm long and 30 - 35mm wide, containing a single seed[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
,
1530
Title
O gênero Macrolobium Schreb. (Leguminosae) no estado do Amapá, Brasil
Publication
Iheringia, Série Botânica, Porto Alegre, 72(2):267-275, 31 de agosto de 2017
Author
Félix-da-Silva et al.
Website
http://10.21826/2446-8231201772213
Publisher
 
Year
2017
ISBN
2446-8231
Description
 
].

Medicinal

Awash of the decocted leaves is used to treat fevers[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. Herbal baths made with the leaves are believed to keep a person forever young, since this tree always gets fresh, young leaves after shedding its old ones[
922
Title
Non-timber forest products of the North-West District of Guyana
Publication
Tropenbos-Guyana Series 8a
Author
van Andel T.R.
Publisher
Tropenbos-Guyana Programme; Georgetown, Guyana
Year
2000
ISBN
90-393-2536-7
Description
A very detailed study of the peoples and the plants they use, it includes a field guide to almost 500 species of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

The fruits are used in making handicrafts that are sold in local markets[
1530
Title
O gênero Macrolobium Schreb. (Leguminosae) no estado do Amapá, Brasil
Publication
Iheringia, Série Botânica, Porto Alegre, 72(2):267-275, 31 de agosto de 2017
Author
Félix-da-Silva et al.
Website
http://10.21826/2446-8231201772213
Publisher
 
Year
2017
ISBN
2446-8231
Description
 
].

The heartwood is reddish or dark brown; it is clearly demarcated from the pale brown sapwood. The wood is odourless and tasteless; straight-grained; medium- or rather coarse-textured; of medium weight, firm, and strong; easy to work, takes a smooth, fairly lustrous finish; subject to stain[
493
Title
Flora of Yucatan
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
The first flora that was attempted for this area in 1930, so it is obviously lacking information and the Botanical names can be out of date. Still, an excellent work and it records many plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It is very flexible taking varied forms[
1530
Title
O gênero Macrolobium Schreb. (Leguminosae) no estado do Amapá, Brasil
Publication
Iheringia, Série Botânica, Porto Alegre, 72(2):267-275, 31 de agosto de 2017
Author
Félix-da-Silva et al.
Website
http://10.21826/2446-8231201772213
Publisher
 
Year
2017
ISBN
2446-8231
Description
 
]. It is used in the production of plywood, furniture, carpentry, woodworking, packaging, pulp for paper and boards of good quality[
1530
Title
O gênero Macrolobium Schreb. (Leguminosae) no estado do Amapá, Brasil
Publication
Iheringia, Série Botânica, Porto Alegre, 72(2):267-275, 31 de agosto de 2017
Author
Félix-da-Silva et al.
Website
http://10.21826/2446-8231201772213
Publisher
 
Year
2017
ISBN
2446-8231
Description
 
].The wood is used mainly for fuel[
493
Title
Flora of Yucatan
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
The first flora that was attempted for this area in 1930, so it is obviously lacking information and the Botanical names can be out of date. Still, an excellent work and it records many plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A high germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 40 days[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2018-10-22. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Macrolobium+acaciifolium>

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