Taxon: Caesalpinia decapetala (Roth) Alston

Genus: Caesalpinia
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
  Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
      Tribe: Caesalpinieae
Nomen number: 313176
Place of publication: H. Trimen, Handb. fl. Ceylon 6:89. 1931
Name Verified on: 26-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 26-Mar-2004
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 16 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: boundary/barrier/support (fide Pl Book; F LAnt; Hortus 3; Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Materials: beads (fide Bot Beads World; as,)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Ohashi, pers. comm.)
  • Weed: (fide Henderson et al. 1987; Atlas WWeed; Invasive Pl Spec; Weeds SAfr 2001)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan; Korea
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; Bhutan; India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia; Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: South Africa; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Liberia; Nigeria
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Rwanda; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Reunion
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - New South Wales, - Queensland
    • New Zealand: New Zealand - Kermadec Islands
  • Northern America

    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    • Southwestern Pacific: New Caledonia
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Barbados; Cuba; Dominica; Guadeloupe; Hispaniola; Jamaica; Martinique; Puerto Rico; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines
    • Western South America: Peru

  • Cultivated:

    . widely cult. in tropics & subtropics


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