Costa Rica, Two monkeys resting on tree, lying Postcard
Enterolobium cyclocarpum , commonly known as Guanacaste , Caro Caro , or Elephant Ear Tree , is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae , that is native to tropical regions of the Americas , from central Mexico south to northern Brazil (Roraima ) and Venezuela . It is known for its large proportions, its expansive, often spherical crown, and its curiously shaped seedpods. The abundance of this tree, especially in Guanacaste Province , Costa Rica where it is prized for the shady relief it provides from the intense sun, coupled with its immensity, have made it a widely recognized species. It is the national tree of Costa Rica .
In North America it is often called (somewhat ambiguously) "Elephant Ear Tree " , due to the shape of the seed pods. Other common names include Devil's Ear and Earpod Tree , parota and orejón (Spanish ) or huanacaxtle (Nahuatl ). In El Salvador , it is known as conacaste .
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