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Retama

Parkinsonia aculeata

Description:

Graceful tree with bright green bark. It can be single stemmed or multi-trunked, and because it has long thin leaves it casts only dappled shade. The yellow flowers with red-orange throats are borne in spring or early summer and then sporadically to autumn.

Habitat:

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Notes:

Pods ground as flour, tea steeped from leaves for treating diabetes and as fever remedy; fuel; papermaking. Palo verde’s green bark is a drought coping mechanism. On especially harsh droughts it will slowly drop leaves and branches to conserve precious moisture; Its green bark will allow photosynthesis to continue.”

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joanbstanley
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joanbstanley

Texas, USA

Spotted on Sep 1, 2014
Submitted on Sep 12, 2014

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