1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Tachigali Aubl.

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


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    Polhill & Vidal (1981) divided the Caesalpinieae into 8 informal generic groups: the Gleditsia group (2 genera), the Acrocarpus group (monogeneric), the Sclerolobium group (3 genera), the Peltophorum group (13 genera), the Caesalpinia group (16 genera), the Poeppigia and Pterogyne groups (both monogeneric) and the Dimorphandra group (10 genera). They commented that the tribe is “a remarkable mixture of relics and complexes of relatively recent speciation, providing many pitfalls for formal systematics and biogeographical interpretations”. Polhill (1994) added a ninth informal group, the monogeneric Orphanodendron group, and placed Cordeauxia as a synonym of Stuhlmannia (both genera recognised in the present treatment) so that the total of 47 genera in the tribe remained unchanged. Within the tribe, Parkinsonia (including Cercidium), Conzattia and Lemuropisum were moved from the Caesalpinia group to the Peltophorum group (Polhill, 1994) in agreement with the subsequently published works of Lewis & Schrire (1995) and Du Puy et al. (1995b).

    Since 1994 several studies have cast new light on intergeneric relationships within the Caesalpinieae, necessitating the restructuring of some of the nine informal generic groups presented by Polhill (1994). As pointed out in the introduction to tribe Cassieae, the genus Ceratonia has been removed from that tribe to the Caesalpinieae, and Poeppigia has been removed from the Caesalpinieae to the Cassieae (for further detail see discussion under each genus). In the rbcL phylogeny of Doyle et al. (1997) the Caesalpinieae, as traditionally circumscribed, was shown to be paraphyletic with members scattered throughout a clade which also included genera of the Cassieae and one mimosoid genus. The molecular analysis of Kajita et al. (2001) also found the Caesalpinieae to be non-monophyletic. In the molecular analysis of Bruneau et al. (2001) some of the informal generic groups of Polhill (1994) were supported as monophyletic but the tribe as a whole was clearly demonstrated to be paraphyletic. With regard to intergeneric relationships, Pterogyne resolved as sister to a Caesalpinia group clade; Batesia and Vouacapoua fell outside a core- Peltophorum group, and the Dimorphandra group was clearly shown to be a diverse assemblage of genera, many of which share certain characteristics with the Mimosoideae, specifically with members of tribe Mimoseae (Bruneau et al., 2001). Erythrophleum was sister to a clade that comprised the majority of the Mimosoideae sampled, and Pachyelasma was sister to the two mimosoid genera Pentaclethra and Calpocalyx. Herendeen et al. (2003a) in a combined molecular-morphological analysis which expanded on the study of Bruneau et al. (2001), presented an ‘Umtiza clade’ containing Gymnocladus and Gleditsia (the two members of Polhill and Vidal’s Gleditsia Group), Umtiza (traditionally included in tribe Detarieae), Tetrapterocarpon (from the Dimorphandra Group), Acrocarpus (the sole genus of the Acrocarpus Group), and Ceratonia (from subtribe Ceratoniinae in tribe Cassieae). This new generic grouping raises some fascinating phytogeographical questions (see Schrire et al., pages 21–54, this volume). Pterogyne resolved as sister to a Chamaecrista-Senna clade (of tribe Cassieae) a relationship worthy of further study; Batesia and Vouacapoua again fell outside the core-Peltophorum group; Dimorphandra grouped with Mora as sister to all Mimosoideae, and Pachyelasma grouped with Erythrophleum as sister to the Dimorphandra-Mimosoideae clade. In the phylogenetic investigation of Haston et al. (2003), the Peltophorum group of Polhill (1994) was non-monophyletic but there was support for a core-Peltophorum group comprising Peltophorum, Parkinsonia, Schizolobium, Conzattia, Delonix, Lemuropisum, Colvillea and Bussea. Pterogyne resolved as sister to a clade containing Haematoxylum and Cordeauxia (both of the Caesalpinia group), thus supporting the earlier findings of Bruneau et al. (2001) rather than those of Herendeen et al. (2003a). Haston et al. (submitted) have further refined the relationships of the non core-Peltophorum group genera. They place Arapatiella and Jacqueshuberia with Tachigali in a newly defined Tachigali group and find strong molecular support for associating Batesia with Recordoxylon and Melanoxylon in a new Batesia group. Moldenhawera is placed in its own monogeneric group sister to a Tachigali group–core-Peltophorum group–Dimorphandra group–Mimosoideae clade. In an analysis testing the monophyly of the Umtiza clade (Herendeen et al., 2003b), Arcoa (traditionally of the Dimorphandra group) from the Dominican Republic was added to the group of genera in that clade.

    Without doubt, the genus with the greatest taxonomic and nomenclatural complexity within the Caesalpinieae is the type genus Caesalpinia, which in its broadest sense comprises c. 140 spp. and contains 25 generic names in synonymy. Of these 140 species, 12–15 predominantly Asian taxa have still to be included in molecular studies and cannot yet be assigned to any generic segregate recognised in this treatment (see notes under Caesalpinia L.). Studies by Lewis & Schrire (1995), Simpson & Miao (1997), Lewis (1998), Simpson (1998, 1999), Simpson & Lewis (2003) and Simpson et al. (2003), have clearly demonstrated that Caesalpinia, as traditionally circumscribed, is polyphyletic. In this treatment Hoffmannseggia is recognised as distinct following Simpson & Miao (1997), Simpson (1999) and Ulibarri (1979, 1996); Pomaria is also segregated from Caesalpinia sens. lat. following Simpson (1998) and Simpson & Lewis (2003). The genera Coulteria, Erythrostemon, Guilandina, Libidibia, Mezoneuron, Poincianella and Tara are also reinstated following the findings of Lewis & Schrire (1995), Lewis (1998), Simpson et al. (2003), Lewis & Bruneau (unpublished), Lewis & Lavin (unpublished) and Sotoyo (unpublished). Caesalpinia sens. strict. is, in consequence, reduced to a genus of 25 species.

    The Caesalpinieae as presented here contains 56 genera and (423)–436–(448) species (Fig. 23). Thirty two of the genera contain 3 or fewer species each, with 23 monospecific (a second species of Orphanodendron has apparently been discovered in Colombia, but is, as yet, undescribed [Cogollo Pacheco, pers. comm., 2002]). A new genus, tentatively named as Heteroflorum by Sousa & Delgado (1993), but not yet formally published, is a monospecific Mexican endemic closely related to Conzattia. It is not dealt with here. The informal generic groups of tribe Caesalpinieae presented by Polhill & Vidal (1981) and Polhill (1994) are retained in part in Fig. 23 which accompanies this treatment, but there are some noteworthy exceptions. The Gleditsia and Acrocarpus groups are both subsumed into the ‘Umtiza clade’; Diptychandra is rejected from the Sclerolobium group which now becomes the Tachigali group and includes Arapatiella and Jacqueshuberia; Poeppigia is moved to the Cassieae; several genera are removed from the Peltophorum group leaving a core of nine related genera (if Heteroflorum is included); Batesia, together with Recordoxylon and Melanoxylon constitutes a new Batesia group based on the work of Haston et al. (submitted). Moldenhawera is placed in its own group as its generic relationships are currently unclear (Haston et al., submitted). The Caesalpinia group increases in size from 12 to 21 genera. Five genera are currently too poorly known for them to be placed with confidence: Campsiandra, Chidlowia, Diptychandra, Orphanodendron and Vouacapoua.

    Polhill & Vidal (1981) and Polhill (1994) recognised Tachigali and Sclerolobium as separate genera and placed them, together with Diptychandra, in their Sclerolobium group of tribe Caesalpinieae. At least 35 species were originally described in Sclerolobium. Other, more recent works (e.g., Zarucchi in Brako & Zarucchi, 1993, & in Berry et al., 1998; Pipoly, 1995; Barneby, 1996) have considered Sclerolobium to be congeneric with Tachigali. In the combined molecular-morphological analysis of Herendeen et al. (2003a) Tachigali is sister to a Pterogyne-Chamaecrista-Senna clade. Tachigali and Chamaecrista are unusual in the Caesalpinioideae in both having species that nodulate. Haston et al. (submitted) found a strongly supported relationship between Tachigali, Arapatiella and Jacqueshuberia
    tací, tachigali, suicide tree, djedoe, yawaredan, tachi
    Trees, sometimes monocarpic
    Mainly of tropical rain forest, lowland montane forest, seasonally flooded and non-flooded evergreen lowland forest and woodland, gallery and riparian forest, sometimes on white sands, also in seasonally dry woodland (including cerrado) and rocky grasslan
    Neotropics, mostly in S America with main centre of diversity in the Amazon Basin, but extending S to Paraguay and Argentina and N into C America (1 endemic in Costa Rica, 1 more widespread); 15 in Venezuelan Guayana, of which 3 endemic, 14 in Peru, of which 5 endemic, several spp. widespread in S America)
    Various species used for timber ( djedoe, yawaredan, suicide tree [because some species monocarpic]) for construction, canoes and charcoal; the bark of T. tinctoria (Benth.) Zarucchi & Herend. used in tanning and as a dye



    Native to:

    Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela

    Tachigali Aubl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 1, 2010 Souza, V. [394], Espírito Santo K000841880
    May 1, 2010 Miralha, J.M.S. [s.n.], Amazonas K000841871
    Jan 1, 2007 Prance, G.T. [6052], Rondônia K000841874
    Oct 30, 1981 Prance, G.T. [13501], Amazonas K000841879
    Jan 1, 1976 Berg, C.C. [P19811], Mato Grosso K000841884
    Jan 1, 1976 Campbell, D.G. [P22020], Amazonas K000841877
    Apr 1, 1907 Jenman [5003] K000841885
    Lewis, G.P. [s.n.], Amazonas K000841869
    Milliken, W. [2075], Amazonas K000841861
    Zarucchi, J.L. [2151], Colombia 44639.000
    Silva, J.M. [5413], Mato Grosso do Sul K000841870
    Dubs, B. [1677], Mato Grosso K000841862
    Prance, G.T. [5545], Rondônia K000841878
    Nascimento, J.R. [533], Amazonas K000841882
    Miralha, J.M.S. [s.n.], Amazonas K000841873
    Traill, J.W.H. [18], Amazonas K000841865
    Traill, J.W.H. [166], Amazonas K000841866
    Traill, J.W.H. [168], Brazil K000841867
    Traill, J.W.H. [168], Brazil K000841868
    Hamilton, W.D. [150], Amazonas K000841863
    Hamilton, W.D. [149], Amazonas K000841864
    Hamilton, W.D. [148], Amazonas K000841872
    Damião, C. [2638], Amazonas K000841883
    Ferraz, I.D.K. [69], Amazonas K000841875
    Ferraz, I.D.K. [70], Brazil K000841876
    Carvalho, V. [113], Amazonas K000841881
    Kukle, P. [87], Amazonas Sclerolobium K000835233

    First published in Hist. Pl. Guiane: 372 (1775)

    Accepted by

    • van der Werff, H. (2008). A synopsis of the genus Tachigali (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae) in Northern South America Annals from the Missouri Botanical Garden 95: 618-660. MBG press.


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