Dendropanax colombianus

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Dendropanax colombianus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Subfamily: Aralioideae
Genus: Dendropanax
Species: D. colombianum
Binomial name
Dendropanax colombianum
Decne. & Planch.

Dendropanax colombianus

Dendropanax colombianus is a tree native of the highlands of the Andean region of Colombia, which belongs to the family Araliaceae. Common names include mano de oso (bear paw), higuerón, and amarillo (yellow).

Dendropanax colombianus is a large tree to 20 meters (~60 ft.), with alternated palmatilobulated (hand-shaped) leaves. The leaves have reddish backside, with large petiols. It is often confused with Oreopanax floribundum due to morphologic similarities.


The range of this plant is restricted, growing in the Andes at altitudes of 3000-3300m. It is often closely associated to the Encenillo tree (Weinmannia tomentosa).

Dendropanax colombianus, Mano de Oso, is an important habitat to many bird species, and promotes the settlement of other important plants such as Cedro tree (Cedrela montana) and Chuwacá tree (Prunus buxifolia), which the subsequent reforestation in the sub-páramo. Due to the high value of its wood it is a target of the timber industry.