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Mexican Thorn

Prosopis juliflora

Type: Non-native Species | Status: Least Concern | Nativeness: Introduced


Thorny, leguminous, drought tolerant shrub or small tree, usually up to 5m tall but occasionally up to 18m under favourable conditions. Produces small greenish-cream flowers and long, flattened brown or yellowish seedpods 10-25 cm in length. Grows in arid or semi-arid environments, producing deep tap roots up to 30m long.

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