- n Lysiloma small genus of tropical American trees and shrubs with pinnate leaves and flat straight pods
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- n lysiloma A genus of leguminous plants of the suborder Mimoseæ and the tribe Ingeæ, characterized by bipinnate leaves, usually a small number of stamens, and the valves of the flat, straight pod breaking away from the persistent sutures. They are trees or shrubs from tropical America and the Antilles, much resembling the acacias of the same region, with small leaflets and numerous small flowers growing in round heads or cylindrical spikes. There are about 10 species, of which the most important economically is L. Sabicu of Cuba, furnishing an extremely hard and durable timber known as sabicu-wood, or horse-flesh mahogany. It is used in ship-building and for various structural purposes; also as a substitute for boxwood in making shuttles. L. latisiliqua, called wild tamarind, extends into Florida, and its wood is locally useful in building boats and ships.