Twinleaf, Cassia bauhinioides

Cassia bauhinioides

Plant, Flower, Leaves, Seed Pods

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Family: Leguminosae (Fabaceae), Pea Family
Plant Size: Generally less than 15" (38 cm) in our area.
Blooms in: Spring-Summer
Habitat Preferred: Dry grasslands, hilltops, mesas
Photo(s) taken at: Clarkdale, 10/9/99
Bloom Color: Yellow
Other Common Names:
Origin: Native
Comments: The leaf is shaped like two side-by-side leaves stiched together, generally folded like a taco. The scientific name means "Bauhinia-like Cassia" - Bauhinia is a tree with a leaf similarly shaped to Twinleaf's.
Further Reference & Sources: "Arizona Flora", Kearney, Peebles, et. al., Univ. of California Press, 1951 w/1960 supp.;   The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Western Edition Knopf, 1979, 1992
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