Knight, Marilyn McBroom
Acacia roemeriana Scheele
Roundflower catclaw, Round-flower catclaw, Roemer acacia, Catclaw, Roemer’s acacia, Catclaw acacia
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
This is a prickly, 3-7 ft., round-topped shrub
or, more rarely, a small tree
to 15 ft. with spreading branches. Branchlets with scattered straight or recurved prickles. Leaves divided into numerous leaflets 1/2 inch long or less. Fragrant, cream to greenish flowers 3/8 inch wide arising mostly from the axils of the leaves are followed by a narrow, leathery fruit. Fruit
a brown to reddish, flat, curved pod
up to 4 inches long and 1 1/8 inches broad. Young trunks are covered with smooth bark,
becoming scaly with age.
Twigs are armed with short, curved prickles; hence the common name catclaw.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
NM , TX Native Distribution:
C. TX to s. Trans-Pecos; adjacent Mex. Native Habitat:
Hillsides, Slopes, Chaparral & brush country USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Gravelly, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based, Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Good honey plant.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Showy, Attractive, Blooms ornamental
Use Wildlife: Flowers a source of honey. Cover, Nesting site, Nectar-bees, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes