The elephant-ear tree (Enterolobium cyclocarpum) belongs to Fabaceae (the Pea family). It is a tall deciduous tree that is native to tropical regions of the Americas, from central Mexico south to northern Brazil and Venezuela. This tree grows in subtropical to tropical, dry forests or dry hillside, savannahs, and up to 25-35 m tall, with a trunk up to 3.5 m in diameter. The bark is light gray, with prominent dark reddish-brown vertical fissures. The leaves are bipinnate compound, 15-40 cm long. The small white flowers bloom in compact, round heads. The common name is due to the shape of the seedpods. It is the national tree of Costa Rica.