guayacan Zygophyllaceae Guaiacum coulteri
Leaf:Opposite or crowded on spur shoots, pinnately compound, evergreen (can be drought or cold deciduous), 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long, with 3 to 5 pairs of very small, elliptical leaflets, dark green above and below.
Flower:Attractive, 1/2 inch across, bright purple, 5 broad petals, occur either singly or in small clusters from leaf axils, appearing in large numbers during the dry season in early summer.
Fruit:Round, shiny, reddish brown, flattened capsule (1 inch long) with 2 to 4 lobes.
Twig:Slender, gray-brown with numerous short spur shoots.
Bark:Smooth light reddish brown.
Form:A dense, multi-branched, crooked limbed shrub or small tree up to 10 to 25 feet tall (in warmer areas) with a broad crown.