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Abarema cochliacarpos (Gomes) Barneby & J.W.Grimes.jpg
Abarema cochliacarpos
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Tribe: Ingeae
Genus: Abarema

c. 45, see text.

  • Klugiodendron Britton & Killip
  • Punjuba Britton & Rose
  • Jupunba Britton & Rose

Abarema is a neotropical genus of large trees in the legume family (Fabaceae). They grow from Mexico (Abarema idiopoda) to Bolivia. Most of the species can be found in the Amazon Basin and the Guyana Highlands. They have a deep-green fernlike foliage, with bipinnately compound leaves. For lack of a better name, they are collectively called abaremas.


Following the 1996 revision, there are currently about 45 species. In older works, the entire genus is usually included within Pithecellobium.[1]

Formerly placed here[edit]


  1. ^ Barneby & Grimes (1996), ILDIS (2005)


  • Barneby, R.C. & Grimes, J.W. (1996): Silk Tree, Guanacaste, Monkey's Earring: A generic system for the synandrous Mimosaceae of the Americas. Part I. Abarema, Albizia, and Allies. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 74(1): 1-292. ISBN 0-89327-395-3
  • International Legume Database & Information Service (ILDIS) (2005): Genus Abarema. Version 10.01, November 2005. Retrieved 2008-MAR-31.