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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Piptadenia Benth.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Mexico to Tropical America.


    Legumes of the World. Edited by G. Lewis, B. Schrire, B. MacKinder & M. Lock. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (2005)

    soroca, angico de bezerro, jurema preta, surucuçu, icarapé pau jacaré
    Trees, shrubs (erect and scandent) and lianas
    Tropical lowland rain forest, coastal and riparian forest, tropical to subtropical seasonally dry forest, secondary forest, woodland, thorn scrub (caatinga) and rocky wooded grassland
    S America with centres in Amazonia linking to the Atlantic forests of Brazil (c. 10 spp.), NE & E Brazil drylands with extension to Venezuela (c. 4 spp., one extending to C America and Mexico); sub-Andean drylands in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia (c. 2 spp.); SE Brazil (c. 4 spp.); 2 spp. widespread in drylands from Mexico and C America to Argentina
    Genus much in need of revision and new taxa await description. Polyphyletic in most recent molecular analyses (Luckow et al., 2003); the type was not included in the analysis so its position within the genus is not clear; presently placed in the Piptadenia group, where two species form a strongly supported clade with Parapiptadenia, Stryphnodendron and Microlobius, in the analysis of Luckow et al. (2003)
    Various species used for timber ( surucuçu, icarapé, soroca, jurema preta, pau jacaré, angico de bezerro ) for construction, posts, tool handles, carving and firewood; tannins are extracted from the bark



    Native to:

    Argentina Northwest, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Central, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Piptadenia Benth. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mar 25, 2010 Forzza, R.C. [5122], Rio de Janeiro K000661360
    Mar 11, 2008 Ehringhaus, C. [1039], Acre K000849970
    Nov 13, 2005 Thomas, W.W. [5039], Rondônia K000849972
    Sep 13, 2005 Thomas, W.W. [5063], Rondônia K000849973
    Sep 13, 2005 Ferreira, C.A.C. [7531], Rondônia K000849974
    Sep 13, 2005 Prance, G.T. [6519], Rondônia K000849959
    Sep 13, 2005 Cid Ferreira, C.A. [10245], Acre K000849975
    Nov 30, 1983 Prance, G.T. [5588], Rondônia K000849961
    Oct 26, 1979 Glaziou, A.F.M. [10594], Rio de Janeiro K000849963
    Ratter, J.A. [7305], Goiás K000849965
    Gentry, A. [49464], Rio de Janeiro K000849980
    Marcon, A.B. [101], Pernambuco K000849979
    Heringer, E.P. [6032], Brazil K000849968
    Heringer, E.P. [6483], Brazil K000849969
    Folli, D.A. [1287], Espírito Santo K000849966
    Usteri, A. [131b], São Paulo K000849962
    Fiebrig, K. [4524], Paraguay K000849960
    Tschá, M. [427], Pernambuco K000849977
    Tschá, M. [427], Pernambuco K000849978
    Daly, D.C. [9761], Acre K000849976
    Calderón, C.E. [2642], Amazonas K000849964
    Menandro, M.S. [246], Minas Gerais K000849967


    First published in J. Bot. (Hooker) 2: 135 (1840)


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