Jacaranda copaia (Huamansamana)

Family: Bignoniaceae

Latin name: Jacaranda copaia, Jacaranda sp.

Vernacular name: Huamansamana

Ethnobotany
The very long-boled tree is excellent for poles and framing roofs. The tree is best for this when relatively young, as the wood in older specimens over 10 meters high tends to get heavy.

Agroforestry
This unbranched tree enjoys moist environments and has a very small “tuft”of a canopy. It may branch when growing in forested areas. It is a common second-growth species that regenerates in fields. It grows quickly and can be mixed with any agroforestry species that prefer humid soils. Mature specimens will seed the field and allow new trees to grow. Huamansamana is an example of pioneer species that are considered “weeds”in an area where they are abundant, but are valuable and coveted by farmers where rare. More studies are needed to determine the production of roundwood that can harvested over time in a field from this species.

Huamansamana growing with aguaje palms.

Huamansamana growing with aguaje palms.

The distictive form of huamansamana.

The distictive form of huamansamana.

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