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Flaigg, Norman G.
Parkinsonia florida (Benth. ex A. Gray) S. Watson
Synonym(s): Cercidium floridum, Cercidium floridum ssp. floridum
USDA Symbol: pafl6
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Spiny, small tree, leafless most of the year, with a short blue-green trunk and widely spreading, very open crown.
Although leaves are absent most of the year, photosynthesis, the manufacture of food, is performed by the blue-green branches and twigs. Native Americans cooked and ate the immature beanlike pods and ground the mature seeds for meal. Twigs and pods of paloverdes serve as browse for wildlife and emergency food for livestock; the seeds are consumed by rodents and birds; and the flowers are a source of honey. This species is useful for erosion control along drainages. The Spanish common name, paloverde, means green tree or green pole.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
, NV Native Distribution:
Central and S. Arizona, SE. California, and NW. Mexico; 4000 (1219 m). Native Habitat:
Along washes and valleys and sometimes on lower slopes of deserts and desert grasslands.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff