Mexican Caesalpinia

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Mexican Caesalpinia, Retamilla 
Caesalpinia mexicana - Caesalpiniaceae, Caesalpinia Family 

Description: Shrub to tree with green leaflets contrasting with bright-yellow flowers and tan pods. 
Height: To 30 ft, usually half that 
Flowers: Many, small, bright-yellow flowers in clusters (racemes); much of year 
Fruit: Tan, inflated, oblong pods with light-brown seeds 
Foliage: Alternate, leaflets dull-green above and paler beneath 
Spines: Unarmed 
Bark: Smooth, mottled, light or dark-gray, older trunks fissured 
Growth Rate: Fast 

Sun: Starts in partial shade, adapts to full sunshine 
Soil: Various 
Drainage: Medium 
Water: Medium 
Maintenance: Little 
Propagation: Seeds 

Native Habitat: Woodlands, thickets, open woods, especially near resacas 

Wildlife Use
Flowers - butterflies 
Leaves - caterpillars of Emesia Metalmark 

Comments: One of the most popular native home landscaping plants in lower Rio Grande Valley 



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