A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife
Honey mesquite is a medium-size thorny shrub/tree in the legume family (Fabaceae). Usually reaches 20-30 ft tall. Often multi-trunked and spread out, especially in open spaces. The drooping limbs give wildlife refuge and the seed pods provide food for animals. See reference for more info.
Native to Texas. There were several specimens at this park. Tamaulipan brushland. Though it is considered invasive in countries that it has been introduced to it is an important component of the ecosystems in desert/thornbush habitats of its native range.
As the common name indicates, honey mesquite is a honey plant that supports native pollinator species of bees and other insects, and cultivated honey bees. It is a larval host for the long-tailed skipper and Reakirt's blue butterflies. (Wikipedia)