Abstract. Mauto (Lysiloma divaricatum (Jacq.) J. F. Macbr.; Fabaceae) is a thornless, arborescent legume that is abundant in tropical dry forests in northwestern. Lysiloma divaricatum is a species of plants with 74 observations. Lysiloma divaricatum — Overview. Mauto learn more Image of Lysiloma divaricatum. Lysiloma Explore what EOL knows about Lysiloma divaricatum.

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After all, Palo Blanco, is the elegant, leggy lady of Baja!

The state forestry department estimates that these two species cover an estimated 5. Although, this regulation has been in place for quite some time, enforcement is difficult due to the lack of rangers and their use for centuries among the Ejido and aboriginal tribes. It is among the tallest of the mid to lower elevation trees found in all of Baja.

Other members of this family include the Acacia, Mimosa, Mesquite and Fairy Duster, all known for this flower appearance, and so too with the Palo Blanco. So far, this bean has proven itself to be very nutricious and containing natural chemicals that assist in the digestion of proteins contained in artificial shrimp food. The predominant feature of the flowers is the stamen. The spiny-tailed iguana is known to eat the flowers, fruit and leaves of the Palo Blanco.

Caesosalpinioddeae, Faboideae and divarjcatum Mimosoideae. It is lysilomaa family consisting of 16, species worldwide and the plants within the family are known, as well, as champion drought tolerators, having the most species existing in the arid tropics and sub-tropics, such as Baja California Sur.

The Selva Baja is found between and meters above sea level. Palo Blanco further belongs to the genus Lysiloma, which contains 27 species worldwide. When mature, the pods turn a beautiful coppery-color that hang gracefully from the slender branches, dispersing their bounty with the wind.


Home About Us Contact Us. Two of these species, the Palo Blanco and Lysiloma divaricatum or the Mauto, a tree very similar to Palo Blanco, except with lyiloma bark, its ability to grow in higher elevations; exist here in Baja California Sur.

Diaricatum peas or beans are found in pods that have two rows of seeds, one row attached to one side of the pod sheath, and the other row of seeds attached to the other side of the pod sheath, alternating throughout the pod itself.

Lysiloma divaricatum – Useful Tropical Plants

This vast family that contains plants and trees that produce peas or beans, including those we humans regularly consume. All members of this subfamily are woody and have fused petals so small that they are hardly noticeable. Divaricatym I can find no information on the transplant ability of this species, it is so beautiful.

It has been reported by older generations from the coastal plains south of La Paz, that there once was a large forest of Palo Blanco there that was cut around the turn of the century to supply a large tannery in La Lysilona, now closed. Many Ejido gather the wood under cover of night and returning the wood to their homes or businesses in covered pick up trucks without a permit.

To be accurate, in the case of our Baja Palo Blanco, the latin name should always be referenced. Although I can find no information on the transplant ability of this species, it is so beautiful that I am sure it could rival the White Birch or the leggy, white barked Eucalyptus cladocaylx as a focal point in any landscape setting. Logging of any tree or large woody bush in the Sierras requires a government permit to legally cut and remove the lumber.


It is considered a sub-tropical dry forest.

These trees are absolutely stunning when up lit at night as well. The Palo Blanco is a straight-trunked tree with a feathery crown of oval-gray-green leaflets that can grow to heights up to 45 feet.

Lysiloma divaricatum

Perhaps with the advent of these new government tested forage foods and potential ornamental use, Palo Blanco will become a domesticated crop, leaving the natural protected forests to recover from past human destruction. The Palo Blanco belongs to lyysiloma Mimosoideae or Mimosa subfamily. Still other traditional uses of the tree included the fabrication of buttons and small wooden parts; roasting and eating of the seeds either whole or ground; and ground bark for application to wounds as an In recent years, the government of Mexico has been exploring the use of the bean for a supplement to forage feeds for cattle, and, believe it or not, as part of the diet for shrimp in the shrimp farming industry.

Desert mice and birds also eat the beans, as well as grazing cattle.

With its distinctive white bark and slender, straight branches, the Palo Blanco is strikingly. This use is also now regulated.

With each tiny flower so reduced, fused with hundreds of other flowers, divaricatun the elongated filaments of the stamen, the flowering systems look like powder puffs. Another traditional use of the Palo Blanco was the use of its bark in tanning and dying leather. Other traditional uses of the tree included logging for the use of the wood for building posts or fences.

Rivalling the Birch for Beauty: There are three sub-species in the Fabaccae Family: