Abbot Abarema


Abarema is a neotropical genus of large trees from 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 caleld abaremas.


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

Formerly placed here


  • (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
  • (2005): Genus Abarema Version 10.01, November 2005. Retrieved 2008-MAR-31.

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