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Nov 11, 2010 9:21 PM CST
|Also called Soapbush. It's of the Zygophyllaceae family and one of the most fascinating plants I've seen. Would love to have one! Guaiacum angustifolium is the botanical name. It's a perennial evergreen bush, a bit odd-looking. Grows in the southern part of the Edwards Plateau, South Texas, Trans-Pecos into northern Mexico. Leaves are little pinnately compound clustered leaflets that remind me of some legume leaves. Flowers are violet to purple petals around off-white centers and stamens have yellowish anthers. The fruits turn red and in fall the plant has the red and green which reminds me of a really unusual Christmas tree.
I still don't have a pic of the plant with those bright red fruits! It just about broke my heart when a section of land above a creek in San Antonio was developed. There were Guayacan and many other great plants there. They didn't manage to destroy all the Guayacan, fortunately.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Nov 12, 2010 7:59 AM CST
|Listed as a host plant for Lyside Sulphur.