San Marcos Growers LogoSan Marcos Growers
New User
Wholesale Login
Enter Password
Home Products Purchase Gardens About Us Resources Contact Us
COVID-19 Response
Search Utilities
Plant Database
Search Plant Name
Detail Search Avanced Search Go Button
Search by size, origins,
details, cultural needs
Website Search Search Website GO button
Search for any word
Site Map
Retail Locator
Plant Listings


  for JUNE

Natives at San Marcos Growers
Succulents at San Marcos Growers
 Weather Station

Products > Lonchocarpus sericeus
Lonchocarpus sericeus - Lancepod
Image of Lonchocarpus sericeus
[2nd Image]
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Fabaceae = Pea Family
Origin: South America
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 25-40 feet
Width: 15-20 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Lonchocarpus sericeus (Lancepod) - An lush evergreen tree to 45 feet with a straight rounded trunk and a rounded crown of 8 inch long pinnate leaves with 7 to 11 leaflets that are 2 to 4 inches long. In late summer in semi-tropical climates this plant puts on a display of fragrant dark pink pea flowers followed by legume pods that are constricted between the seeds. Plant in full sun and irrigated occasionally to infrequently. Not hardy to hard frosts but tolerates occasional short durations temperatures below freezing. This tree grows naturally from Chiapas in southern Mexico through Central American and tropical South America, the Caribbean, and West Tropical Africa, though it is not clear whether this old world distribution not from early introduced plants. The genus name comes from the Greek words 'lonche', meaning "a lance" and 'karpos' meaning 'fruit' in reference to their fruit resembling an ornate lance tip and for this reason the trees in the genus are often called lancepods. The specific epithet is the Latin word for "silky", referring to the fine hairs on the flowers. Where it flowers (rarely in California gardens) it has slightly fuzzy pink pea flowers in dense axillary panicles which is followed by woody brown legume fruit that is constricted between the seeds. This species has been grown in Florida as an ornamental tree but rarely seen in California where it seems to grows well vegetatively in near frost free areas, but rarely (if ever) flowers. It is noted to be very similar to Millettia grandis. Our plants taken as root suckers from the large attractive tree growing off the southwest corner of Web Hall (Geology Building) on the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara.  Information displayed on this page about  Lonchocarpus sericeus is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.