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The largest zamana in the Lesser Antilles
This Samanea Saman Minosaceae from Martinique from Habitation Ceron at Le Prêcheur was awarded the public prize for tree of the year in 2016, winning the national competition organized by the magazine Terre Sauvage and the Office National des Forêts (National Forestry Office). This tree, also called zamana, monkey-pod, rain tree, or black wood of Haiti, is at least three centuries old, as evidenced by its bark tiled like the shell of an old saurian. Planted at the beginning of the 18th century to shade coffee and cocoa plantations, it has survived all the cyclones as well as the volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée in 1902. Its trunk, more than 6.5 ft (2.50 m) in diameter, makes it the largest zamana in the Lesser Antilles. It takes at least ten people holding hands to walk around it. Some of its high branches are the size of a respectable tree trunk, about one foot (33 cm) in diameter.
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