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redbud

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Judas tree,

name for trees and shrubs of the genus Cercis, handsome plants of the family Leguminosae (pulsepulse,
in botany, common name for members of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae), a large plant family, called also the pea, or legume, family. Numbering about 650 genera and 17,000 species, the family is third largest, after the asters and the orchids.
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 family), covered along the branches in the early spring with deep rose or (rarely) white flowers resembling pea blossoms. Species native to North America include the common redbud (C. canadensis), ranging through Mexico and the United States E of the Rockies, and the California redbud (C. occidentalis). According to tradition an Old World species was the tree on which Judas hanged himself. The bark of C. chinensis has been used in Chinese medicine as an antiseptic. The genus Cercis is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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redbud

Tree, 40 ft, (12m) with bright pink flowers appearing as little clusters on sticks. Fruit is flat, pea-pod shaped, not edible. Flowers and inner bark edible and used as tea. Astringent, for diarrhea, bleeding, dysentery.
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