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

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 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.

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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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