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Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana (Western honey mesquite)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana

Prosopis glandulosa Torr. var. torreyana (L.D. Benson) M.C. Johnst.

Western Honey Mesquite, Torrey Mesquite, Western Mesquite

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Prosopis juliflora var. torreyana, Prosopis odorata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: In some settings, grows as a thicket-forming shrub up to about 10 feet tall. In others, forms a tree up to about 30 feet tall, rarely reaching 50 feet.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA


Bibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.

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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana


Record Modified: 2022-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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