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  • Date Photo Taken

    12 / 02 / 2015

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    Yucca Valley

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First of all, I live in the Southwest (High desert near Palm Springs – about 2000-2500 feet) This is only about a foot and a half tall, fairly slow growing (but that may be due to the time of year), and has decided to grace my garden. The stem though small yet, is or appears to be “woody”. All but the leaves are that nice Rhubarb red color. Now it gets interesting as the leaves seem to be “photonastic”. They close up like a book at night. The leaves right now are about an adult males finger


  • JamesSF69 Leaf Lover says:

    Hey Laura, Funny you should mention the Caesalpinia cacalaco as I Love that tree and would love to grow one, but they will not do well up here in the high desert. Have tried starting from seeds, but had no luck there, but might try again. The leaves are similar (but not night closing), and the thorns of the Caesalpinia cacalaco are shorter (but this may just be an early stage)…dunno. Someone also mentioned that this might be in the Caesalpinia family, but the night closing leaves has thrown us. Hoping that we figure it out Thx again for responding. James

    December 10th, 2015 at 12:11pm

  • laura735 Unregistered says:

    I don’t know what kind of plant your beautiful volunteer is. But there is Cascalote tree (Caesalpinia cacalaco) at the Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, CA. Perhaps you could start your search there. Please, give us an update whenever your mysterious beauty bloom. Best wish!

    December 9th, 2015 at 6:17pm

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