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Wait-A-Bit Vine, Creeping Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Phyllanthoides Caesalpinia
Caesalpinia phyllanthoides

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

This caesalpinia is rare, and has been placed on the Texas Organization for Endangered Species (TOES) Watch List. It is found only in Live Oak and Jim Wells Counties in South Texas, growing in caliche. It is a low, slender, understory shrub with bipinnate leaves that have 5 to 9 pinnae with 2 to 3 pairs of leaflets. In spring it blooms sparsely with delicate, clear yellow flowers.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: pod with 1 or 2 seeds



Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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