EbanoTexas Ebony


Pithecellobium flexicaule (Benth.) Coult.

Whole plant

Family : Fabaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Warm

This thick thorny evergreen shrub varies in height from fifteen to thirty feet. Found in the South Texas Plains Texas Ebony flowers June to August. It is used by javelina, deer, insects and small mammals for food. Birds use the cover for roosting, nesting and as protection. The wood is used for art, small furniture, cabinets, fuel and posts. Texas Ebony fruit is edible when green and an alternative to coffee when it is ripe or brown, in Mexico. Also, the seeds are made into jewelry.

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