|Etymology||Genus||Divided (Schizo) pods (lobo); the inner & outer layers of the pods separated when mature|
|Species||After the state of Paraíba or the Paraíba River in Brazil|
|Synonyms||Cassia parahyba Vell.|
|Common Names||Brazilian Fern Tree, Guapuruvu|
|Status||Exotic: Cultivated Only|
|Native Distribution||Tropical America|
On first glance, Schizolobium parahyba look somewhat like a prehistoric tree. It is usually single-stemmed or sparsely branching from the individuals I have observed in Singapore, though photos of it in other countries showed that it can be otherwise. The large bipinnate leaves are arranged spirally near the tips of the branches, and the stem is very prominently marked by leaf scars.
Form of the Brazilian Fern Tree at Ang Mo Kio Hub.
Spiral arrangement of its large fern-like leaves.
Prominent leaf scars on the stem.