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Cedrela odorata M. Roemer; cedro, Spanish cedar

Tree; leaves alternate, pinnately compound; flowers green, in short spikes arising from the leaf axils; fruit a 5-vavled woody capsule; seeds winged, borne pendulous from a 5-angled central column. (Image at left photographed at Hacienda Tabi.)

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The wood of cedro is light, easily worked, and has a distinctive odor. This is the wood of cigar boxes. Moreover, cedro is resistant to decay and hence much prized for use involving exposure to the weather or contact with the ground. In former times, dugout canoes were fashioned from large cedro trunks. Listed as an important source of pollen and/or nectar for bees (Souza Novello 1981, Suarez Molina 1981).