This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(name refers to the intestine-form pods). Leguminosae. Tropical trees.
Unarmed: leaves bipinnate, the pinnae and lfts, many: flowers not papilionaceous, greenish, in large heads or clusters; calyx campanulate, shortly 5-toothed; corolla 5-toothed, somewhat trumpet-shaped, the petals connate part way; stamens many, connate at base into a tube, exserted, purple or white: legume broad, circulate, attached at or near the middle, restricted between the large seeds, leathery, pulpy. - About a half-dozen species in the American tropics, 2 of which have been introduced in S. Calif.
a. Pod bent back in a complete circle.
Griseb. Tall tree, glabrous: pinnae in
4-9 pairs; lfts, in 20-30 pairs, unequal-sided, oblong, pointed; the petiole with glands between bottom and top pinnae: stamens white. Cuba, Jamaica, Venezuela.
aa. Pod forming half or two-thirds of a circle.
Timbouva, Mart. Said to be a fine tree: pubescent or glabrous, glaucous: pinnae 2-5-pairs; leaflets 10-20 pairs, falcate-oblong, mostly acute: pod coriaceous and inde-hiscent, reniform, fleshy within; seed elliptic.
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