Chloroleucon tortum (Mart.) Pittier
Pithecellobium tortum Mart.
Brazilian rain tree, jurema
This species, considered critically endangered, exists along the coast of Rio de Janerio state in Brazil. It is prized by bonsai enthusiasts—many of these photos are of bonsai—in part for its tiny leaflets.
Identification: A small tree, it can reach 15-20' (4.6-6.1 m) in height and up to 18' (5.5 m) in diameter. The trunk is fluted and exfoliating, with peeling, grayish bark and branches have long, sharp thorns. It has compound leaves with 3 pairs of bipinnate leaves, and white flowers and corkscrew shaped seed pods. Flowers are white hemispheres that age to yellowish.
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Chloroleucon tortum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 10-11: