from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of leguminous shrubs and trees, natives of tropical America, with the exception of two African species.


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  • Wetland forest along the Chucunaque and Tuira rivers is often covered by pure stands of "cativo" Prioria copaifera (I), this species being the most utilized timber tree in the region.

    Darién National Park, Panama

  • The wetlands of the Atrato floodplain are of special interest, and Polygonum acuminatum, Montrichardia arborescens, Raphia taedigera and cativo Prioria copaifera are typical species.

    Los Katíos National Park, Colombia

  • In addition there are four coastal vegetation types: shoreline with coconut Cocos nucifera and wild almond Terminalia catappa, Mora mangrove Mora oleifera forest transitional between mangroves and the coast, mangrove swamp with Rhizophora mangle dominating four other species, and brackish water Prioria copaifera (cativa) forest. 130 lichen species and 148 fungi have been recorded There is also some successional vegetation and secondary forest on old penal colony pastures.

    Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection, Panama

  • In zones that are occasionally flooded, the "cativo" (Prioria copaifera) flourishes as well.

    Chocó-Darién moist forests


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