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Wooton's Holdback, Camote del Raton, Tall Rushpea, Chisos Hoffmanseggia
Caesalpinia wootonii (Hoffmanseggia melanostricta, C. atropunctata, Larrea wootonii))

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Wooton's holdback is a rare, small shrub with numerous rigid, upright branches, in Texas found only in sandy or rocky soil in the Rio Grande Plains and the Chisos Mountains in the Trans-Pecos. Its scattered, pinnate leaves are 1 to 2 1/2 inches long, with 3 to 5 pairs of leaflets that have 5 to 7 pinnae each. They are covered with soft, weak hairs and are dotted on the undersides with orange glands that turn black when the plant is dried. Greenish-yellow flowers are clustered in racemes that can be from 2 to over 6 inches long. Wooton's holdback only grows from 8 inches to 2 feet tall.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: pod with 3 or 4 seeds

Height: .5 to 2 feet

Width: .5 to 2 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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