Senegalia greggii

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Scientific Name Senegalia greggii (Acacia greggii) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Catclaw Acacia ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Desert habitat, flats, washes, disturbed areas below 5,000 ft.
Plant: Large deciduous shrub in Big Bend, up to 6 feet high; much-branched, heavily armed woody stems with very sharp recurved thorns.
Leaves: Alternate bipinnately-compound leaves, 1 to 3 pinnae, each with 3 to 7 pairs of light green leaflets about 1/4 inch long, obovate to narrowly oblong.
Inflorescence: Creamy white bottlebrush flower heads about 3/4-inch across and 2 to 6 times as long with many very small flowers, each with 5 light yellow petals and many yellowish stamens (the “bristles” of the bottle brush).
Bloom Period: Spring or following rains.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
Texas Status

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