PDF | Libidibia ferrea, popularly known as “pau ferro” or “jucá”, is an important medicinal plant employed for the treatment of various ailments in. Genus: Libidibia (formerly known as Ceasalpinia). species: ferrea. Family: Fabaceae. Common Name: Leopard tree, Brazilian Ironwood. Description. Unarmed tree, to 15 m. Bark very distinctive, smooth, grey, pealing to reveal paler patches. Leaves 2-pinnate; pinnae in pairs, each with

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Iron referring to hard wood. The short and usually crooked trunk can be 40 — 60cm in diameter. Leaves 2-pinnate; pinnae in pairs, each with pairs of oblong, asymmetric leaflets.

Libidibia ferrea

Very distinctive dappled bark, smooth, grey, pealing to reveal paler patches. This gives it its common name leopard tree.

Prefers fertile, well drained soil and full sun. Shade, Ornamental park or street libidibiw, although consideration should be made to plant away from underground pipes or sewers as roots will invade.


Libidibia ferrea – Useful Tropical Plants

It will handle root pruning, so with its attractive trunk is often used in bonsai. An ongoing cleaning schedule is necessary to prevent the trees from become a problem. They will drop leaves all-year round with increases in autumn. Their flowers fall as well as their hard black seed pods lkbidibia can cause trip hazards on paths and cause injury if pods are run over by mower blades. It can also be used as a pioneer plant for its native woodland because of its tolerance to sun, reasonably fast growing and nitrogen fixing ability.

The seedpods of this tree are indehiscent and require assistance to open them.

Once open however the seeds inside are relatively rerrea to germinate. They need to be scarified and soaked in warm water for hours but afterwards will readily take to soil and sprout within days. Propagation from older wood cuttings and dipping into a plant hormone. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.


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