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

Coffee Pot Mountain


 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 (opens in a new tab).






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