Prosopis glandulosa var. glandulosa [Fabaceae]

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Scientific Name Prosopis glandulosa var. glandulosa USDA PLANTS Symbol PRGLG
Common Name Honey Mesquite ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 529861
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Found in a variety of soils and environments from river bottoms to rangelands and desert; widespread throughout Mexico, Texas and adjoining states.
Plant: Deciduous large shrub or small tree to 30 feet tall; straight, sharp spines 1 to 2 inches in length on branches; gray-brown bark, newer twigs red-brown or greenish.
Leaves: Bipinnately compound leaves; first division with 2 to 4 sets of pinnae, each composed of 8 to 20 pairs of green, smooth leaflets; linear-oblong leaflets, 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Cylindrical spikes, 1/1-2 to 3 inches long, composed of many small, tubular flowers with 5 green petals, and numerous protruding white to yellow stamens.
Bloom Period: March to November.
Fruit: Seed pods 4 to 8 inches long, straight or slightly curved; tan colored when mature.
Reference: SEINet, www.wildflower.org and others.
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