Nicker Plant Information

Nicker grows in the following 11 states:

Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, Texas

The name Caesalpinaceae at family level, or Caesalpinioideae at the level of subfamily, is based on this generic name.Caesalpinia is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. Membership within the genus is controversial, with different publications including anywhere from 70 to 165 species, depending largely on the inclusion or exclusion of species alternately listed under genera such as Hoffmannseggia. It contains tropical or subtropical woody plants. The generic name honors the botanist, physician and philosopher Andrea Cesalpino (1519-1603).

Some species are grown for their ornamental flowers. Brazilwood (C. echinata) is the source of a historically important dye called brazilin and of the wood for violin bows. Guayaca Negro (C. paraguariensis) is used for timber in several Latin American countries, especially Argentina and Paraguay. Commercially it is marketed as Argentinian Brown Ebony, mistakenly as Brazilian Ebony, and as a family group as Partidgewood. End use for this timber is typically high-end exotic hardwood flooring, cabinetry and turnings.
Caesalpinia pluviosa is being investigated as a possible antimalarial medication.

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