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Knight, Marilyn McBroom
Acacia roemeriana Scheele
Roundflower catclaw, Round-flower catclaw, Roemer acacia, Catclaw, Roemer’s acacia, Catclaw acacia
USDA Symbol: ACRO
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
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
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Native plants for butterfly garden in Waco, TX
February 03, 2008
Few weeks ago I sent you a letter but never got an answer back.
I would like to have your suggestions of native plants for a butterfly garden (30'x 30') here in Waco. The plants must be (1)drought ...
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1070
Collected Apr 29, 1996 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 1065
Collected Apr 8, 1996 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0752
Collected Apr 10, 1994 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 1048
Collected Apr 16, 1993 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MEM-1
Collected 2009-06-26 in Mason County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2013-03-25
Research By: TWC Staff