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Useful Tropical Plants

Lysiloma auritum

(Schltdl.) Benth.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Acacia aurita Schltdl.

Lysiloma multifoliolatum Britton & Rose

Lysiloma nelsonii Britton & Rose

Common Name:

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General Information

Lysiloma auritum is a deciduous shrub or tree with heavy branching and an open, spreading crown; it usually grows 3 - 15 metres tall, occasionally reaching 20 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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood. It was at one time harvested commercially as a source of wood for railway ties[
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

Central America - northern Costa Rica, north to southern Mexico

Habitat

Valleys and hillsides in cutover areas and degraded dry forest, as well as in primary mixed pine and oak forest; at elevations from 420 - 1,600 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 StatusWild

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 flowers are sweetly scented[
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

Other Uses

The sapwood is a peach/pink colour with a faint, sweet smell[
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, railway ties and posts[
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.
,
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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