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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All members of this subfamily are woody and have fused petals so small that they are hardly noticeable. Rivalling the Birch for Beauty: To be accurate, in the case of our Baja Palo Blanco, the latin name should always be referenced.

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With its distinctive ltsiloma bark and slender, straight branches, the Palo Blanco is strikingly. 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.

Logging of any tree or large woody bush in the Sierras requires a government permit to legally cut and remove the lumber.

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. 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.

Although I can find no information on the transplant ability of this species, it is so beautiful. This vast family that contains plants and trees that produce peas or beans, including those we humans regularly consume. The Selva Baja is found between and meters above sea level. The 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.


It is a 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. This use is also now regulated. Other traditional uses of the tree included logging for the use of the wood for building posts or fences. 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 spiny-tailed iguana is known to eat the flowers, fruit and leaves of the Palo Blanco. 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. It is among the tallest of the mid to lower lysoloma trees found in all of Baja. These trees are absolutely stunning when up lit at night as well. After all, Divariccatum Blanco, is the elegant, leggy lady of Baja!

With each tiny flower so reduced, fused with hundreds of other flowers, and the elongated filaments of the stamen, the flowering systems look like powder puffs.

The state forestry department estimates that these two species cover an estimated 5. 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. Another traditional use of the Palo Blanco divadicatum the use of its bark in tanning and dying leather.

There are three sub-species in the Fabaccae Family: 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 Divaricatjm cladocaylx as a focal point in any landscape setting.


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

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Caesosalpinioddeae, Faboideae and the Mimosoideae. It is considered a sub-tropical dry forest. Desert mice and birds also eat the beans, as well as grazing cattle. It has been reported by older generations from the coastal plains south of La Paz, that there once was a large forest lyysiloma Palo Blanco there that was cut around the turn of the century to supply a large tannery in La Paz, now closed.

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Still other traditional uses of the tree included the fabrication of buttons and small wooden parts; roasting ljsiloma 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 lysuloma shrimp farming industry. The Palo Blanco belongs to the Mimosoideae or Mimosa subfamily.

The predominant feature of the flowers is the stamen.

When mature, the pods turn a beautiful coppery-color that hang gracefully from the slender branches, dispersing their bounty with the wind. Palo Blanco further belongs to the genus Lysiloma, which contains 27 species worldwide.