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Useful Tropical Plants

Lysiloma acapulcense

(Kunth) Benth.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Acacia acapulcensis Kunth

Acacia desmostachya Benth.

Acacia usumacintensis Lundell

Lysiloma cuernavacanum Britton & Rose

Lysiloma cuneata Britton & Rose

Lysiloma desmostachya (Benth.) Benth.

Lysiloma durangensis Britton & Rose

Lysiloma jorullensis Britton & Rose

Lysiloma pedicellata Britton & Rose

Lysiloma platycarpa Britton & Rose

Lysiloma purpusii Britton & Rose

Common Name:

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General Information

Lysiloma acapulcense is a deciduous tree withheavy branching and a wide, spreading crown; it usually grows 4 - 12 metres tall, occasionally reaching 20 metres. Often forming dense thickets[
1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood and tannins. It is grown in agroforestry systems to provide shade and organic material, and has potential for use as a pioneer species for restoring woodland and establishing woodland gardens. It is commonly grown as a street tree in Florida[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.

Range

C. America - northwest Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, north to central Mexico

Habitat

Dry, deciduous forest, often on poor, rocky sils; at elevations from 285 - 1,750 metres[
1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height10.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Plants can succeed on a range of soil types[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The plant is grown as a shade tree[
1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.
].
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[
755
Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant often regenerates freely along roadsides and in degraded woodlands[
1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.
]. Coupled with its ability to grow on poor soils and also to fix atmospheric nitrogen, it makes this species a potentially very good pioneer species for restoring native woodland and for establishing woodland gardens[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
The leaves are used as a mulch and green manure[
1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.
].

Other Uses

The bark is a source of tannins[
1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.
].

The sapwood is a deep pink[
1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.
]. The wood is used for construction and fenceposts[
1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.
].
The wood is used for fuel[
1523
Title
Lysiloma (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) in Mesoamerica
Publication
Kew Bulletin 59. 453-467 (2004)
Author
Gale S.W. & Pennington T.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent review of the Mesoamerican species of Lysiloma with complete botanical descriptions, range, habitats and uses.
].
We have no more specific information for the wood of this species, but the following is a general description of wood from trees in this genus:-
The heartwood is a lustrous brown with a coppery or purplish tinge, sometimes faintly striped; it is sharply demarcated from the thin white sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight to roey; without distinctive odour or taste. The wood is highly durable; it is considered easy to work; finishes smoothly; and takes a high natural polish[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. It is used in general construction, for furniture, wheel wright work, parquet, interior trim, bobbins and shuttles, veneer, and knife handles[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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