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Description: From seed we collected from a small to medium sized shrub from a limestone outcrop on a ridge known as Dragon's Tooth, so named because of the many jagged limestone outcrops there. Situated close to the hillstation of Sapa high in the mountains of northern Vietnam in the autumn of 2011, at 1650m. With upright growth bearing scattered large flat spines and leathery 7-leafletted pinnate leaves with a narrowly winged rachis (leaf axis). With axillary panicles of rounded seed capsules splitting to reveal the single black glossy seed, which had aged from conspicuous red, the result of the yellow flowers born in May-June. Best grown in full sun to part shade, in a well draining soil. A very widespread species from our experiences in the wild, with widely variable naming to go with them.
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