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PlantFiles: Coconut Angelim
Andira legalis

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Andira (An-DY-ruh) (Info)
Species: legalis (lee-GAL-iss) (Info)

Synonym:Lumbricidia legalis
Synonym:Andira stipulacea
Synonym:Vouacapoua legalis

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Monocromatico On Feb 18, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a shrub or small tree from the brazilian coastal sandy plains, and one of the most beautiful native shrubs, yet not well known in cultivation (I know only 2 or 3 of those being cultivated).

It can be either a small but wide shrub, or a 6 meters tall tree depending on the soil. It has pinnate leaves, with leathery and dark green leaflets (thatīs how you can spot this plant in the middle of countless shrubs of its natural habitat). On spring, it shouts long and erect floral spikes with small, dark red/purple flowers. The seed pods have only one seed.

It grows on white sand with little organic matter (as soon as it grows, it feeds itself with its own litter, as well as other plants that will stabilish themselves around it). It likes regular watering, high temperatures, and full sun.

Because most of the plants of this species are living on their natural habitats, I recoment attention if you ever come across it for sale anywhere - and if itīs all legal and stuff, I also recomend you to buy it, because itīs a very beautiful plant.

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