Caesalpinia drepanocarpa (A. Gray) Fisher
Family: Fabaceae
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Wiggins 1964, Kearney and Peebles 1969, McDougall 1973
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Low growing perennial herb, 10-20 cm tall, from thick woody taproot; stems several to many, ascending to spreading; herbage finely puberulent. Leaves: Bipinnately compound, on long petioles, 2-6 cm long; each leaf has 7-11 primary pinnae; each pinna has 4-10 pairs of leaflets; leaflets broadly oblong, 2-5 mm long, minutely and sparsely puberulent to glabrate. Flowers: Yellow, in few-flowered erect to ascending racemes that surpass the leaves; flowers not quite radially symmetrical; sepals 5, linear-oblong, 5-8 mm long, pubescent; petals 5, bright yellow, 5-8 mm long, short-clawed. Fruits: Pods flattened, oblong, and falcate (hooked at the end), often forming a semicircle, 6-7 mm wide and 2-4 cm long, puberulent with few scattered sessile glands; containing several seeds. Ecology: Found on rocky soils from 3,000-5,000 ft ( 914-1524 m); flowers May-September. Distribution: CO, w TX, NM, and AZ; south to MEX Notes: This small, low perennial can be recognized by its thick woody root and caudex; bipinnate leaves with long petioles and tiny leaflets often only 2-3 mm long; bright yellow 5-petaled flowers followed by strongly curved and flattened seed pods; and finely pubescent herbage (use your hand lens). Other Hoffmannseggia spp have gland-covered stems, flowers, and/or leaves. Ethnobotany: Unknown Etymology: Hoffmanseggia is named for Johan Centurius, Count Von Hoffmansegg (1766-1849) a German botanist, while drepanocarpa is from Greek depranon for a sickle. Synonyms: Caesalpinia drepanocarpa Editor: SBuckley 2010, AHazelton 2017
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