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Chloroleucon tortum

Chloroleucon tortum (Mart.) Pittier

Pithecellobium tortum Mart.

Brazilian Rain Tree, Jurema

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusChloroleucon
Speciestortum

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This species, considered critically endangered, exists along the coast of Rio de Janerio state in Brazil. It is prized by bonsai enthusiasts—many of these photos are of bonsai—in part for its tiny leaflets.

Identification: A small tree, it can reach 15-20' (4.6-6.1 m) in height and up to 18' (5.5 m) in diameter. The trunk is fluted and exfoliating, with peeling, grayish bark and branches have long, sharp thorns. It has compound leaves with 3 pairs of bipinnate leaves, and white flowers and corkscrew shaped seed pods. Flowers are white hemispheres that age to yellowish.

Online References:

Chloroleucon tortum on www.dallasbonsai.com

Chloroleucon tortum (Brazilian Rain Tree, Jurema)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 10 × 15" (26 × 39 cm)

Chloroleucon tortum (Brazilian Rain Tree, Jurema)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 21 × 31" (52 × 78 cm) ID is uncertain

Chloroleucon tortum (Brazilian Rain Tree, Jurema)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 8 × 12" (20 × 31 cm)

Chloroleucon tortum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Dec 2016.

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Chloroleucon tortum (Brazilian Rain Tree, Jurema)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm)

Chloroleucon tortum (Brazilian Rain Tree, Jurema)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 14 × 21" (34 × 52 cm) ID is uncertain

Chloroleucon tortum (Brazilian Rain Tree, Jurema)

4/10/2015 · Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, FL

Chloroleucon tortum (Brazilian Rain Tree, Jurema)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 6 × 10" (16 × 24 cm)

Range: Zones 10-11:

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