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Mexican Palo Verde
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TREE: A medium-sized, fast growing tree.
LEAVES: Compound leaves have very long rachises and almost minute
leaflets. Shortly, the leaflets fall off leaving the long, strap-like rachises
to serve as leaves giving the whole plant a feathery look.
RANGE: Abundant in disturbed sites near agriculture and city lots.
Sometimes planted as an ornamental, but more often arrives an advent from
seed. Probably not native in the Arizona Sonoran Desert. Treated as an exotic
invasive in many places; Australia for example.
FLOWERS: Yellow flowers have five petals and are bilaterally symmetrical
to irregular. After pollination the petals change color to orange. Flowering peaks in mid
spring, but then continues sporadically through summer and into fall.
ARMED: Significant and very sharp thorns make this weedy tree a chore to
FRUIT: Elongate pods with several bean seeds. The pods are distinctly
constricted between seeds.
Fabaceae -- Bean Family