Guazuma ulmifolia, is commonly known as the West Indian elm or bay cedar, it is a medium-sized tree normally found in pastures and forests.
It can reach 30 m in height and 30 to 40 cm in diameter.
Guacimo is used as forage for cattle in the dry season. The immature fruits and leaves are fed to horses and cattle.
The crunchy, woody fruit and its seeds are edible raw or cooked and have a mild, sweet, honey/granola flavor that horses love.
A drink of crushed seeds soaked in water is used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, colds, coughs, bruises and venereal diseases. It is also used as a diuretic and an astringent.