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Arizona Sophora
Arizona Necklacepod

Sophora arizonica

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RANGE: Very restricted range. Isolated populations on eastern and southern foothills of the Hualapai Mts. of Mohave Co. and in portions of Graham and norther Cochise Co., Arizona. A related plant, Texas Sophora (aka Mescal Bean), Sophora secundaflora, is widely cultivated in Phoenix and Tucson xeriscapes.

SHRUB: Medium to large shrub.

FLOWERS: Purple pea flowers are rather large and fragrant.

FRUIT: Sturdy bean pods contain red beans and the pods are constricted between each bean.


LEAVES: Once compound leaves are dark green and a bit leathery.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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