Pithecellobium adinocephalum Donn.Sm.
Albizia adinocephala is a tree with a spreading crown; usually growing up to 15 metres tall, though there are reports of trees up to 65 metres[
The tree is a local source of wood and fuel. It is sometimes grown as a shade tree in plantations.
C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Common in dry, degraded seasonal forest; also in secondary vegetation on slopes with superficial soil; less frequent in Pine-Quercus forest.; at elevations from sea level to 100 metres, occasionally ascending to 1,500 metres[
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A plant of the lowland tropics where it is usually found at elevations below 100 metres, but occasionally ascends to 1,500 metres[
]. It is found in areas where the mean annual rainfall is within the range 600 - 2,400mm, and can survive a dry seasons of up to 7 months[
Plants can flower and fruit almost all year round[
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 tree has a light crown and fixes atmospheric nitrogen. It has been used to provide shade in plantation crops and agroforestry systems[
The wood is used as a timber[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.
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