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Huge Corotú Falls Near Panama Canal Administration Building

Environmental Issues The passage of time seems to have overcome the huge "corotú" tree, near the administration building of the Panama Canal. The tree, clearly at least one hundred years old, fell with a crash, but fortunately nobody was injured. The staff of the Panama Canal Authority proceeded to remove the tree. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: Enterolobium cyclocarpum. Family: Leguminosae. Common name: corotú. The corotú is a very large pasture tree. On big individuals, the trunk often forks near the ground, so the immensely wide crown almost touches the ground. In pastures and grasslands in the Pacific slope of Panama , the corotu is the dominant large tree. It can also be a major component of secondary forests, in which the forest recently regenerated from pasture. This tree is very common around Panama City , Parque Metropolitano, and all along the Canal all the way to Gamboa. The wood is of fine quality and is used for furniture and giant trunks are used for making dugout canoes (STRI). The corotú is one of the largest and most beautiful of the trees of the savanna. It is known in Costa Rica as the guanacaste and is the national tree of that country. It is also known as false mahogany, the earlobe tree, and the elephant ear tree, among other names.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 18 2011 @ 09:28 PM UTC

Going to take a lot of machetes to cut that tree up.

Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 18 2011 @ 10:10 PM UTC

I was a professional arborist for sixteen years mostly on the east coast and in Costa Rica. When I moved here I came up with a plan to do the tree maintenance for the street trees and for the parks. I presented my plan to Javier Arias the former director of ANAM, he looked at me as though I had three eyeballs. I went to ORNATO at the municipal building and sat down with the director Ceasr Concepción. What he suggested is that i give him my card and we can work something under the table. I went to Parque Omar when they were about to begin the improvements and they didn´t give me the time of day. It was a real shame when the doctor at El Hosítal del Niño was resting and the tree fell on him. You look around and see the need for a professionals hand, but they do not put importance on it. If you go down Via España behind Price Mart, they are starting Metro work there, check out the big tree how bad they hacked it up. Being a professional it really hurts to see how badly they hacke it up.

  • - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 21 2011 @ 02:44 PM UTC
Authored by: Owen_St_Girl on Sunday, November 20 2011 @ 01:04 AM UTC

What a shame. That tree was a favorite "hang out" spot when I was growing up in Balboa.