Erythrina berteroana is a small deciduous tree, abundantly armed with stout spines, with a broad, spreading, thin crown; it usually grows up to 10 metres tall. Erythrina berteroana Urb. Fabaceae According to Krukoff () E. berteroana is by far the most common species in Central America. It is the. E. berteroana is a popular Central America tree often used in agroforestry systems as a living fence, shade tree and for fodder and forage.

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Plants and trees used to produce incense Palo jiote. Dicotyledonae Summary of Invasiveness E. Erythrina berteroana grows in Guatemala, El Salvador, and southern Mexico. It grows at elevations from sea level to m bberteroana dry and moist habitats, and in wet and montane forests Barrance et al.

Erythrina berteroana

Leucaena Research Reports, Environmental Impact Top of page E. A tea eerythrina from the flowers is used in Guatemala to treat hormonal and menstrual imbalances in women, and to alleviate hemorrhages, dysentery, and anxiety.

They may be simmered to create a sedative tea Voogelbreinder Distribution Maps Top of page You can pan and zoom the map. It is not considered a highly invasive species, mostly because it has an ineffective dispersal mechanism for its seeds they just fall from the tree.


More information about modern web browsers can be found at http: Leaves and twigs are often used as fodder and forage for cattle, goats, and rabbits.

Maya uses of srythrina seeds, leaves, and flowers besides in divination We provide a separate PowerPoint presentation, with lots more photos, and additional information on the Palo de Pito being used for purposes other than seeds for divination by shamens.

Erythrina berteroana – Useful Tropical Plants

Its used as food by the howler monkeys, squirrels and other mammals and birds that feed on flowers and small fruits. It would be worthwhile tracking down the names for this tree in Lacandon, Eythrina, and Chorti languages, though the tree is potentially better known in the Highlands.

Oviedo Prieto et al. The branches may be crushed to produce a fish poison.

Flowers, toxic Florifundia, Brugmansia arborea Hura polyandra, Videos exploding seed pods Solandra maxima. The children use the flowers as whistles. It likes a good amount of water but must not be over-watered, and does not tolerate any cold or frost Ratsch Catalogue of the Seed Plants of the West Indies. It came from a branch that was given to us. Productivity of an Erythrina berteroana live fence in Turrialba, Costa Rica.


Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report. Toxic plants Bibliography, Chichicaste grandis. It is tough to grow from seed, but easy to grow from cuttings of mature branches. Experiences with fence line fodder trees in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Erythrina in the new and old worlds.

Janzen D; Liesner R, The effects of E. The seeds are bright red and shaped like beans Ratsch The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available.

National list of invasive and potentially invasive plants in the Republic of Cuba – Park Street Press, Live fence posts in Costa Rica: Select Language Afrikaans Arabic Swahili. Trees with conical Spines Hura polyandra. The flowers are red and elongated likeness to a whistle.

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