Giant Monkey Pod Tree
The Monkey Pod also sometimes known as the rain tree, is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, now in the Mimosoid cladeand is native to the Central and South America.
The Monkey Pod has an average life of 120 years, although the oldest known is over 200 years old. Over its life reaches up to 40 metres height and can offset 562 Kg Co2. The crown reaches giant dimensions, being able to expand up to 180 m circumference and 60 m diameter. The trunk can reach up to 3 m diameter.
During his 1799–1804 travels in the Americas, Alexander von Humboldt encountered a giant monkey Pod tree near Maracay, Venezuela. He measured the circumference of the parasol-shaped crown at 576 ft (about 180.8 m), its diameter was around 190 ft (about 59.6 m), on a trunk at 9 ft (about 2.8 m) in diameter and reaching just 60 ft (nearly 19 m) in height. Humboldt estimated it to be as old as the famous Canary Islands dragon tree (Dracaena draco) of Icod de los Vinos on Tenerife.
The tree, called Samán de Güere (transcribed Zamang del Guayre by von Humboldt) still stands today, and is a Venezuelan national treasure.
This item is planted in Nicaragua by our partner CommuniTree.