Prioria (plant)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Detarioideae
Genus: Prioria

Prioria is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae, native to tropical regions of Central and South America, where they occur in tidal estuaries behind the mangrove fringe. The species ranges from Nicaragua to Colombia and is also found in Jamaica. The sole species is Prioria copaifera.


Heartwood of the tree secretes a black resin when cut. Euglossine bees collect this resin for nest construction.


The wood can be used in carpentry and cabinet-making.


In Costa Rica this tree is protected as a threatened species.


  • Mabberley, D.J. (2002) The Plant-book. A portable dictionary of the vascular plants, Second edition, Cambridge University Press, 858 pp.
  • C. Sandi and E.M. Flores. Escuela de Agricultura del Trópico Húmedo and Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Costa Rica, Costa RicaMonotypic Fabaceae genera