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Species - Bombacopsis quinata

Bombacopsis quinata (recently renamed to Pachiraquinata) is commonly known in English as spiny cedar, is one of the most highly prized trees in Central America for its beautiful, reddish wood. The tree is deciduous with thick spines up its trunk. It often reaches up to 30 metres in height with a medium sized buttresses. It is commonly used as sawn-wood.

Also known as: Pochote, Spiny Cedar, Red ceiba, Cedro Espino, Ceiba Tolua, Cedro Macho, Cedro Espinoso, Saqui Saqui, Cedro Dulce, Ceiba Colorado

What the planter likes about it

It is a fast growing tree with thick spines up its trunk. It grows very well in drier climates and is native to Nicaragua. Bombacopsis quinata has been excessively logged over the years and is almost extinct from the area of San Juan de Limay, and is known as a vulnerable species under the IUCN Red list.

Bombacopsis quinata
Project CommuniTree, Nicaragua

Tree(s) planted in Project CommuniTree, Nicaragua

A community-based reforestation initiative that regroupssmall-scale farming families to develop ecosystem servicesfor the voluntary carbon market. Participants reforest andmaintain under-utilized portions of their land in exchangefor payments for ecosystem services.

Certified to the Plan Vivo Standard

Since 4th March 2011, the CommuniTree project has been certified to the Plan Vivo Standard– A pioneering mechanism created in the mid-1990s that ensures that investment in certified projects represent genuine benefits to the environment, smallholder farmers and communities.

The project is unique in that it takes a data-driven approach to management through its software Farm-Trace – an application that boosts yields by providing management recommendations, in addition to offering tracibility of carbon offsets and tree product purches, which can be mapped geographically to a farmer’s land and trees (available on the coordinator’s website).

We are confident that the CommuniTree project continues to represent an excellent way to support sustainable conservation and communities in a part of the developing world where the pressures from climate change are some of the most important.

The benefits of the CommuniTree project were independently confirmed in a 2016 verification.