There are various different spellings of both the generic and the specific names. The generic name has been spelt Pithecollobium and Pithecolobium, whilst the specific name has been spelt hymenaeaefolium[
Inga hymenaeifolia Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.
Mimosa hymenaeifolia (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Poir.
Pithecellobium hondurense Britton & Rose
Pithecellobium panamense Walp. & Duchass.
Pithecellobium hymenaeifolium is a shrub or small tree, sometimes adopting a more scandent habit. It grows from 2 - 7 metres tall.
A gum is obtained from the stems and the wood is sometimes used locally.
Northern S. America - Colombia, Venezuela, Central America - Panama, Belize, Guatemala to Mexico.
Low elevations in moist to dry forests[
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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 gum, known as 'Goma de Orore' is obtained from the plant[
The wood is used for fence posts and fuel[
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