Brasil, Bluewood condalia

Condalia hookeri

Fabaceae (Legume family)


Brasil is a native, evergreen shrub or small tree in the Buckthorn(Rhamnaceae) family. It is commonly multiple-trunked and reaches heights between 6 and 15 feet with an irregularly shaped crown.

The small leaves are a shiny, light lime-green and alternate along a branch that terminates with sharp spines. Brasil has flowers that are small and greenish with fruit that ripens in the summer to a purple or black color.

Brasil's forage value for wildlife is high. The fruit is consumed by a wide aray of mammals and is used as nest sites for birds as well as cover for both mammals and birds. Its browse value for cattle is low.


Brasil is found mainly on drier soils in mixed-brush areas of south Texas.