Divi Divi
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Divi Divi
ntroduced Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Divi Divi, American Sumac • Gujarati: લીણી લીબી lini libi • Kannada: ಡಿವಿಡಿವಿ dividivi, ಸೀಮೆ ಅಲ್ಡೆಕಾಯಿ seeme aldekayi, ವಿಲಾಯತೀ ಅಲ್ಡೆಕಾಯಿ ಮರ vilayati aldekayi mara • Malayalam: ഡിവി ഡിവി divi divi • Marathi: दिवी दिवी divi divi, लिबी डिबी libi dibi • Odia: ଡିବିଡିବି dibi-dibi • Tamil: கோணவேல் kona-vel, திவிதிவி tivi-tivi • Telugu: దివిదివితుమ్మ dividivithumma • Tulu: ದಿವಿದಿವಿ dividivi • Urdu: سماق summaq Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Caesalpinia coriaria    Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)

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.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.

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