Caesalpinia reticulata Britton
Caesalpinia rugeliana Urb.
Caesalpinia bahamensis is a prickly shrub growing 1.5 - 2.5 metres tall, occasionally becoming a tree up to 4 metres tall[
The wood was a common article of commerce in the 18th century, being exported to Europe as a source of dyestuff until eventually the resources for commercial supply ran out. The wood is still used locally as a dyestuff and the plant is commonly used as a diuretic.
Caribbean - Bahamas, Cuba, Windward Islands.
Coppices and scrublands in the Bahamas[
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The plant is an effective diuretic[
A red dye is obtained from the wood[
The reddish wood is used for inlay work and turnery[
Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have ripened and dried the seeds of this species may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve 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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