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Cojoba graciliflora (Guadeloupe blackbead)

Guadeloupe blackbead has beautiful clusters of creamy-white flowers and stunning red pods shaped like a string of beads and containing black seeds.
Flowers and fruits of Cojoba graciliflora

Flowers and fruits of Cojoba graciliflora (Guadeloupe blackbead)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Cojoba graciliflora (S.F.Blake) Britton & Rose

Common name: 

Guadeloupe blackbead (English); siete camisas, guaje rojo de altura (El Salvador); poma (Belize)

Conservation status: 

Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Forested riversides, tropical semi-evergreen forests on sandy loam soils.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental; medicine.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fabales
Family: 
Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Mimosoideae
Genus: Cojoba

About this species

A member of the pea and bean family (Leguminosae/Fabaceae), Cojoba graciliflora is an attractive tree with bright green, highly divided leaves. The beautiful, pompom-shaped inflorescences and red seed pods make this plant a handsome ornamental. It occasionally loses its leaves during the dry season in the wild.

The specific epithet graciliflora refers to the graceful appearance of the leaves.

Synonym: 

Cojoba donnell-smithii Britton & Rose

Genus: 
Cojoba

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