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Parkinsonia aculeata Linnaeus. Jerusalem Thorn, Retama, Horse-bean, Mexican Paloverde. Phen: Mar-Sep. Hab: Sandy or gravelly areas along washes, disturbed areas. Dist: Native of s. Mexico and Central America, perhaps northwards to sc. and sw. North America, rarely established or spread from cultivation in the eastern portions of our area, though somewhat more commonly so in much of FL.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Bah, FNA11.1, K1, K3, K4, Mex, NcTx, S, S13, SE3, Tx, WH3, Isely (1975), Isely (1998), Robertson & Lee (1976); = n/a – RAB

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Great Plains: FAC

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image of plant© Sonnia Hill | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Parkinsonia aculeata, Camp Night 6, Rio Grande, Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Mile 721-722, Brewster County, Texas 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Sonnia Hill | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷

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