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SAMÁN, Arbol de la lluvia ( Samanea saman) en La Estancia de PDVSA, Acaracas, Venezuela, Enero de 2012.
SAMÁN, Rain Tree ( Samanea saman) at PDVSA´S La Estancia, Caracas, Venezuela, January 2012

Es una especie botánica de árbol de hasta 20 m, con un dosel alto y ancho, de grandes y simétricas coronas. Su etimologíaSamanea, es de su nombre nativo sudamericano saman, uno de los árboles emblemáticos de Venezuela.
Es una especie nativa de la zona intertropicalamericana, desde el sur de México hastaPerú y Brasil, ampliamente introducida en las islas del Pacífico como Hawái. También se ha introducido en otros continentes como el asiático: específicamente en la India tropical, y también en Bengala (Bangla Desh). Tiene forma de un paraguas muy extenso, y es proverbial la extraordinaria extensión de las superficies que cubre ya que su copa llega a medir hasta 50 m o más de diámetro (1 ). Es un árbol de crecimiento lento, sus raíces son superficiales y es de vida larga. http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samanea_saman

Albizia saman
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Albizia saman (sometimes treated under the obsolete name Samanea saman) is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the Neotropics. Its range extends from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil, but it has been widely introduced to South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. Common names include saman, rain tree and monkeypod (see also below). It is often placed in the genus Samanea,[1] which by yet other authors is subsumed in Albizia entirely
Saman is a wide-canopied tree with a large symmetrical crown. It usually reaches a height of 25 m (82 ft) and a diameter of 40 m (130 ft)[2]. The leaves fold in rainy weather and in the evening, hence the name "rain tree" and "five o'clock tree" (Pukul Lima) in Malay. Several lineages of this tree are available, e.g., with reddish pink and creamish golden colored flowers.
During his 1799-1804 travels in the Americas, Alexander von Humboldt encountered a giant saman tree near Maracay, Venezuela. He measured the circumference of the parasol-shaped crown at 576 ft (about 180.8 m[3]), 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 mentioned the tree was reported to have changed little since the Spanish colonization of Venezuela; he estimated it to be as old as the famous Canary Islands dragon tree (Dracaena draco) of Icod de los Vinos on Tenerife.[4]
The tree, called Samán del Guère (transcribed Zamang del Guayre by von Humboldt) still stands today, and is a Venezuelan national treasure. Just like the dragon tree on Tenerife, the age of the saman in Venezuela is rather indeterminate. As von Humboldt's report makes clear, according to local tradition, it would be older than 500 years today, which is rather outstanding by the genus' standards. It is certain, however, the tree is quite more than 200 years old today, but it is one exceptional individual; even the well-learned von Humboldt could not believe it was actually the same species as the saman trees he knew from the greenhouses at Schönbrunn Castle[5].

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Jun 05 2012 21:55 GMT ForestSpirit
What a wonderful tall tree, and interesting information!
Jun 06 2012 02:45 GMT fhelsing PRO
a beautiful picture!
Jun 06 2012 06:08 GMT senna3
Perfect Tall Tree entry and great information!
Jun 06 2012 13:48 GMT Lalbabu
Lovely composition & great information!!!
Jun 07 2012 18:14 GMT sini
Wonderful entry!:)
Jun 07 2012 22:44 GMT MargNZ
Interesting information and a wonderful entry Aquiles :)
Jun 17 2012 19:48 GMT mbz
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