Texas kidneywood Fabaceae Eysenhardtia
|Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, deciduous, to 3 1/2 inches long; with many narrowly elliptical glabrous leaflets, each with an entire margin and on a short petiole, light green above and below, gland-dotted and smelling like citrus when crushed.
Flower: Borne on tall (to 5 inch), loose spikes at the ends of the twigs, white, fragrant (vanilla-like); appearing after rainfall at any time during the growing season.
Fruit: Flattened pod, light brown, 3/8 inch long; containing 1 kidney-shaped, smooth, red-brown seed.
Twig: Moderate, gray-brown and somewhat grooved below the nodes, buds are small, gray-brown and appressed.
Bark: Initially smooth and gray, Smooth and gray; later becoming ridged or developing a shreddy appearance, broken into small plates or loose scales.
Form: A multi-stem shrub or small tree to 10 feet tall.
Looks like: kidneywood
- sweet acacia
- catclaw mimosa
| Additional Range Information:
Eysenhardtia texana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Texas kidneywood.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson