Prosopis juliflora

Prosopis juliflora, American Mesquite, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed near Lake Baringo, Rift Valley, Kenya. October 2016.

FLOWERS: Spikes of numerous, pale yellow flowers.

TREE: Small to large tree, with broad hemispherical crown. Bark on older trunks is dark gray-brown, scaly.

LEAVES: Leaves are twice compound with four or six sets of 12± pairs of leaflets.

RANGE: This tree, an introduction from tropical America, has spread abundantly in semi-arid or seasonally dry habitats at lower elevations. More than one species of mesquite or perhaps hybrids may be included in the widespread growth of this invasive plant.

FRUIT: The bean pods are 15 to 25 cm long becoming pale brown at maturity.

ARMED. The strong spines are straight and variable in length.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family -- Mimosoideae - Mimosa Sub-Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 15 December 2016.