Dipteryx spp.



Dipteryx is a genus of 9 accepted species, native to South and Central America and the Caribbean. The largest species of Dipteryx are canopy-emergent trees of tropical rainforests. D. odorata, or The Tonka Bean is grown for its fragrant seeds. D. alata is the only species which is found in drier, seasonal areas, its fruit and seeds are used as food and fodder. Several species are used for timber, of which D. oleifera wood is considered desirable, especially locally.