SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pithecellobium dulce
COMMON NAME(S): Guaymochil, Monkey pod
FAMILY: FABACEAE (LEGUMINOSAE) - Pea family
ORIGIN: Tropical America
HABITAT: Disturbed areas
HEIGHT: To 40'
CHARACTERISTICS: Stems spiny
LEAVES: Alternate, twice feather-like, leaflets 2-4, broadly elliptic or oval-shaped
FLOWERS: Small, white, borne in round pincushion-like heads arranged on a branched-stem
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring, summer
FRUITS: Coiled, compressed pod, 3-5" long, the seeds inside surrounded by a fleshy red coat
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Unknown
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological, eye irritation
COMMENTS: Unknown properties of the bark and sap of this tree have caused welts on the skin and eye irritation. The fleshy tissue surrounding the seed is, however, sweet and edible.