ses-al-PIN-ee-uh — named for Andreas Caesalpini, Italian botanistDave’s Botanary
koh-ree-AY-ree-uh — Latin corium (leather) and refers to some species that are used in tanningDave’s Botanary
Species Id – DKV 121010 – 1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5)
Mhow Dist Indore Madhya Pradesh
I saw this tree in the compound of an old British era bungalow. My friend whose parents live there tells me that this is a Japanese tree
planted by a British Army officer in the pre-independence era. I request a species id from our members.

Caesalpinia coriaria, or Dividivi.

I agree with … id.

Caesalpinia coriariaFruits are tanniferous and used in tanning industry.

ses-al-PIN-ee-uh — named for Andreas Caesalpini, Italian botanist
koh-ree-AY-ree-uh — Latin corium (leather) and refers to some species that are used in tanning
Aug 1, 2010at Veermata Jeejabai Bhosale Udyan, Mumbai
commonly known as: American sumac, divi divi
Native to: Mexico, Caribbean, tropical South America; widely cultivated in tropics



Fabaceae-Caesalpinioideae (Caesalpiniaceae) :: Caesalpinia coriaria- in Mumbai:  Seen this tree at “Veer Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai“.
Bot. name: Caesalpinia coriaria
Family: Caesalpiniaceae
Common Name: Divi-divi.

yes again an exotic tree, now many gardens looking for this lovely tree.. an old specimens of this tree is standing in Thane..

You got the flowers too. Great.
The twisted pods are really characteristic.

Fabaceae-Caesalpinioideae (Caesalpiniaceae) :: Caesalpinia coriaria (Jacq.) Willd. @ VJBU, Mumbai: Posting some additional views of Caesalpinia coriaria from Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.

A great set of pictures …

…Certain images are of sub-optimal quality but given the paucity of images of this species decided to post them




efloraindia: 091211 BRS 254:

Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. request.Definitely Acacia but sp. yet to confirmed.
There is no photo of its flower.
Location: NBNP, Anaikatti, Coimbatore
Date: 08.12.2011
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Tree

It looks like ‘divi-divi’, Caesalpinia coriaria.




Fabaceae-Caesalpinioideae (Caesalpiniaceae) – Bangalore – Caesalpinia coriaria – Divi Divi Tree:
Divi-divi is a leguminous tree or large shrub native to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.

It grows up to 30 ft tall, often much less. Its shape is very contorted in its native exposed coastal sites. In other environments it grows into a low dome shape with a clear sub canopy space. Leaves are double-compound, with 5-10 pairs of side-stalks, each with 15-25 pairs of leaflets. The individual leaflets are 7 mm long and 2 mm broad. Divi-Divi flowers during the warm weather, but the flowers are not very showy. They are yellow in color. The fruit is a twisted pod 5 cm long.
Divi-divi is the national tree of Curaçao and is very popular in Aruba where it is also called “watapana“. On these islands this tree is never straight because of the coastal winds.




Caesalpinia coriara – 201214 – RK – 3 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

DiviDiviLalbagh, Bangalore – 14/09/2014


Images by Satish Phadke

Caesalpinia coriaria Vetal Tekdi Pune : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Observed this Caesalpinia coriaria flowering for last fortnight on Vetal Tekdi.
Doesn’t appear to be native. Most probably planted during the British era.

lovely post … good fotographs




TSPNOV2015-42: Images of Caesalpinia coriaria (Fabaceae) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
It is my pleasure to share few images of Caesalpinia coriaria (Fabaceae) 
Habit: Medium sized tree
Habitat: Wild, Dry deciduous forest..
Sighting: Chikmagalur and Tumkur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl and 800 msl respectively
Date:14-06-2014 and 20-10-2014

very nice. pods? i guess develop a little later?


GRAM 2016 – Caesalpinia coriaria? : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (20)

Could this be Caesalpinia coriaria
Pictures taken in the outskirts of Bangalore in July 2016

I think matches with images at Caesalpinia coriaria

Yes, the divi-divi tree!



Caesalpinia coriaria :: Puducherry :: 16 OCT 19 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 7 images.
Puducherry  near sea coast

Date: October 16, 2019 … Altitude range: about 0 – 3 m (0 – 10 feet) asl

Caesalpinia coriaria  (Jacq.) Willd.  

yes. beautiful pictures. i thought it was an american tree

a question. does indian botany  keep track of what plant or tree was imported when into the country ???

ID is correct. Common in Puduchery & Tamil Nadu. According to Wikipedia it is rechristened as Libidibia coriaria. But I do not know the correctness of the name. This is one of the tanniferous plants called Divi-Divi. Beautiful rather high quality leather are produced using the fruit extract. Kannada name: Alde kaayi, divi-divi . Divi Divi in Tamil.

The pictures are superb ! 

Thanks … Yes, an exotic plant, found planted may be for its curious looking pods, and ornamental feather leaves.
Not sure if there is any account maintained about exotics in our country.
Thanks very much … Just checked the status of name. It is an accepted name, and Libidibia coriaria (Jacq.) Schltdl. is a synonym – as per taxonomical sites.
Thanks for the information and local names.


via Species‎ > ‎C‎ > Caesalpinia coriaria (Jacq.) Willd. … family: Fabaceae
Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
ses-al-PIN-ee-uh — named for Andreas Caesalpini, Italian botanistDave’s Botanary
koh-ree-AY-ree-uh — Latin corium (leather) and refers to some species that are used in tanningDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: American sumac, cascalote, divi diviGujarati: લીણી લીબી lini libiKannada: ಡಿವಿಡಿವಿ dividivi, ಸೀಮೆ ಅಲ್ಡೆಕಾಯಿ seeme aldekayi, ವಿಲಾಯತೀ ಅಲ್ಡೆಕಾಯಿ ಮರ vilayati aldekayi maraMalayalam: ഡിവി ഡിവി divi diviMarathi: दिवी दिवी divi divi, लिबी डिबी libi dibiOdia: ଡିବିଡିବି dibi-dibiTamil: கோணவேல் kona-vel, திவிதிவி tivi-tiviTelugu: దివిదివితుమ్మ dividivithummaTulu: ದಿವಿದಿವಿ dividiviUrdu: سماق summaq
botanical names: Caesalpinia coriaria (Jacq.) Willd. … synonyms: Caesalpinia thomaea Spreng. • Libidibia coriaria (Jacq.) Schltdl. • Poinciana coriaria Jacq. … GBIF 
October 16, 2019 … a resort in Puducherry 



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