Texas Mountain Laurel
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Texas Mountain Laurel
E Introduced Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Texas Mountain Laurel
Botanical name: Sophora secundiflora    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Sophora speciosa, Calia secundiflora, Agastianis secundiflora

Texas Mountain Laurel is an evergreen tree. Its leaves are pinnately compound, with small, roughly spoon-shaped leaflets; the leaflets are rather thick, and waxy to the touch. Never tall, and rarely having a straight trunk, its bark is smooth in all but the oldest specimens. It grows slowly up to a height of 15 ft and a crown diameter of 10 ft. Extremely fragrant purple flowers, resembling the smell of grape soda, are produced in large clusters in March and April. They are followed by 10 cm pods containing deep orange seeds. Texas Mountain Laurel is native to the southwestern United States (Texas, New Mexico) and Mexico.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh Photographed in Rose Garden, Kurukshetra University, Haryana.

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