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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Plants
Olneya tesota (Ironwood, palo fierro)

Cabeza Prieta Peak

 

 Olneya tesota

 Olneya tesota

 Olneya tesota

 Olneya tesota

 Olneya tesota

 Olneya tesota

 Olneya tesota

Habitat: washes, bajadas
Life Form: tree
Leaf Description: alternate pinnate
Flower Color: lavender or violet or purple
Flowering Period: May to June
Spines: short curved spines
Family: Fabaceae (bean family)
Abundance: common

The Ironwood can live to 1,000 years of age. The beans, which taste like peanuts, attract a large variety of animals. Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2015. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: a flora of southwestern Arizona. Part 14. Eudicots: Fabaceae - legume family. Phytoneuron 2015-58: 1-83. Published 20 Oct 2015. ISSN 2153 733X page 43 (13.1 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Olneya tesota (opens in a new tab).

 

 

 

 

 

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