Earpod-tree

 
 

Earpod-tree, or elephant ear-tree, is native to Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, and northern Brazil. In its native distribution it grows to over 100 feet tall, with a short trunk 10 or more feet in diameter, and a crown up to 150 feet wide. The leaves are up to 15 inches long and have hundreds of leaflets. Inflorescences measure slightly over an inch in diameter. Fruits are pods up to 4.5 inches in diameter, with up to 16 seeds surrounded by a sweet, sticky pulp. Seeds are use for necklaces and other crafts. During spring it produces the new foliage, blooms, and drops the fruits produced from the preceding flowering. Cattle consumes the whole pods and disperses the seeds. The generic name derives from two words meaning intestinal lobes, in reference to the shape of the fruits. The species name means circular fruit.


The photographed tree is west of the day-care center. There's a young specimen south of Building C.

Enterolobium cyclocarpum (Fabaceae)