Mother-of cocoa

 
 

Mother-of-cocoa is native to Mexico and Central America. It reaches a height of 45 feet, with a trunk 2 feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 1 foot long and have up to 17 leaflets, each up to 2.5 inches long. Flowers are up to three quarters of an inch long and are produced in abundant racemes. Fruits are pods up to 6 inches long. It flowers during winter and the pods open in spring. The generic name means mouse killer, in reference to the use of leaves, bark, and seeds to poison rodents. The species name means proper of hedges and fences, in reference to the use of the tree to make living fences.


The photographed tree is west of the Dispensary. There are other trees behind the Sánchez Hidalgo Building and the former Business Administration Building.

Gliricidia sepium (Fabaceae)