Species IUCN Status
A tropical tree that can reach heights of 40-60 meters, the cuipo is known for its swollen appearance at the tree’s base. Cuipo trees are found in lowland rain forests in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. It is listed as “near threatened” on the IUCN Red List due to habitat degradation and forest clearance, and because it is over harvested and illegally logged for housing construction and the production of rope and canoes. One of the largest remaining populations of the cuipo tree is found in the Darien province of Panama, where Ecologic’s People for a Healthy Gulf project site is located.