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PlantFiles: Fewflower Holdback
Caesalpinia pauciflora

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caesalpinia (ses-al-PIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: pauciflora (PAW-ki-flor-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Libidibia pauciflora
Synonym:Poinciana pauciflora

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive olddude On Jul 22, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

This plant lives up to its common name having few flowers open at the same time. Holdback is a reference to the rose like thorns that quickly catch on clothing. Recently an estimate of 25,000 individual plants located in the Fl.Keys has change the status classification from endangered to rare.

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Jan 17, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This spreading shrub with yellow flowers, a member of the same family as Cassias (Sennas), which has been debated, is native to the rocky pinelands, keys, and coastal sites and hammocks and sandy sites of far southern Florida in far southern Miami-Dade County and the Keys, zones 10b through 11. It is a medium to large, spreading shrub and possibly sometimes a small tree. The flowers are bright or pale yellow to yellow-orange. The leaves are smooth, and are the characteristic leaves of the Sennas, Cassias and Locusts and Tamarinds. The attractive flowers are useful to wildlife by attracting pollinating insects. It is a useful plant for butterflies and insects. Sadly, due to habitat destruction, this plant is listed as endangered by the state of Florida. It may be available in some nurseries, and seeds may sometimes be available - mostly in native plant rarity or specialty nurseries or growers. This plant should be used much more frequently in the landscape in far southern Florida and the Keys (in zones 10b through 11) as it is highly useful to wildlife and somewhat attractive.

MORE FACTS - It is being debated whether this plant should be in the same family as the Cassias (Sennas). The flowers are very similar to those of the Cassias and Sennas, yet the ISB Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants places this plant in the same family as the Nickers or Nickerbeans (Caesalpinia). This plant is listed as endangered by the state of Florida. Synonyms are Libidibia pauciflora Griseb. and Poinciana pauciflora (Griseb.)Small.

Neutral TamiMcNally On Jun 14, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

FL - endangered


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida

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