|Scientific Name||Dermatophyllum secundiflorum (Sophora secundiflora)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SOSE3|
|Common Name||Texas Mountain Laurel, Mescal Bean||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||1085572|
|Family||Fabaceae (Pea)||Wildflower Center Ref.||Click Here|
|Description||Habitat: Rocky limestone soils in Central and Southwest Texas and to 5000 ft. in the Chisos and Davis Mountains; frequently cultivated.
Plant: Evergreen, usually multi-trunked shrub or small tree a few feet to usually 10 to 15 ft. tall.
Leaves: Alternate, dense, compound leaves with 7 to 11 dark green, glossy elliptic or obovate leaflets rounded on the ends, each less than 2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Drooping racemes 2 to 6 inches long of many showy, pea-like, bluish purple flowers, each 3/8 to 3/4-inch long; very fragrant.
Bloom Period: March to April.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Wildflower Center, Texas A&M and US Forest Service.
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