Dermatophyllum secundiflorum [Fabaceae]

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Scientific Name Dermatophyllum secundiflorum (Sophora secundiflora) USDA PLANTS Symbol SOSE3
Common Name Texas Mountain Laurel, Mescal Bean ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 1085572
Family Fabaceae (Pea) Wildflower Center Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Rocky limestone soils in Central and Southwest Texas and to 5000 ft. in the Chisos and Davis Mountains; frequently cultivated.
Plant: Evergreen, usually multi-trunked shrub or small tree a few feet to usually 10 to 15 ft. tall.
Leaves: Alternate, dense, compound leaves with 7 to 11 dark green, glossy elliptic or obovate leaflets rounded on the ends, each less than 2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Drooping racemes 2 to 6 inches long of many showy, pea-like, bluish purple flowers, each 3/8 to 3/4-inch long; very fragrant.
Bloom Period: March to April.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Wildflower Center, Texas A&M and US Forest Service.
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