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Kidneywood

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Here’s another first in these pages: the flowers of kidneywood, Eysenhardtia texana, which, like poverty weed, grows as a bush or diminutive and delicate tree. Kidneywood flowers are individually small but quite fragrant. I experience their scent as “high pitched”; some people find it not particularly appealing.

Eysenhardtia texana grows in Mexico and the United States, where it is found only in Texas. For the distribution by county, you can consult the USDA map, which shows Travis County to be near the northeast corner of the species’ range. I photographed these two adjacent flower spikes in my Austin neighborhood on the overcast morning of October 10.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 21, 2012 at 6:15 AM

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