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Pithecellobium dulce (Roxb.) Benth.; t'sil che'

Tree; leaves alternate, pinnately compound, even-pinnate, 4-foliolate; flowers pale greenish yellow, in powderpuff-like clusters; fruits helically twisted, bright red at maturity, irregularly thickened (positions of maturing seeds evident as swollen regions); seeds black with white aril. (Image at left photographed at Hacienda Tabi.)

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Listed as an important source of pollen and/or nectar for bees (Souza Novello 1981, Suarez Molina 1981).