Caesalpinia reticulata

Caesalpinia reticulata Britton

Family: Fabaceae

Habit: Caesalpinia reticulata grows as a shrub or small tree to 5 m in height without prickles or spines.  The bipinnately compound eaves are arranged alternately, to 30 cm long. The leaflets are in 3-9 pairs. The subleaflets are in 4-6 pairs, to 2 cm long, oval to obovate, rounded to emarginate at the apex with an entire margin.

The complete, perfect, zygomorphic flowers are arranged in racemes (although they may at times have flowering branches from the inflorescence base). The calyx has 5 unfused green sepals. The corolla has 5 yellowish green petals with the lower petals forming a keel.  The upper banner and side wings reduced in size. There are 10 stamens that are exerted from the corolla.  The ovary is superior with a single locule. the fruit is a flat legume that turns brown at maturity.

Habitat: Caesalpinia reticulata grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations – Shrublands and Pine Woodlands.

Distribution: Caesalpinia reticulata is native to the Lucayan Archipelago.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Caesalpinia reticulata is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.

This taxon is considered by some taxonomists to be only a variety or subspecies of C. bahamensis.  The Levy Preserve recognizes it as distinct based on its consistently spineless nature as compared to the consistently spiny C. bahamensis.