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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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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.

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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
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Nov 12, 2010 7:59 AM CST
Listed as a host plant for Lyside Sulphur.

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