Saragundí is a small tree native which grows up to a maximum of 6 meters. It is planted as an ornamental.
compound 35 cm, 8-14 pair leaflets The leaves fold up at night.
flat pods 15 cm
downy velvet orange yellow buds, 5 pedaled yellow flowers 1.5cm long.
late in the rainy season through early dry season
Benefits | Desirability
Range of medical uses: Cassic acid found in this plant has antibiotic qualities.Leaf and flower preparations used for kidney and liver ailments, snakebites,rheumatism, venereal and disease. Fresh or burned leaves have ben used by South Americans as insect repellent.
Tropical Plants of Costa Rica, 2007 Willow Zuchowski