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Mescat Wattle Acacia constricta

 

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Mescat Wattle
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Alternate name: Whitethorn, Mescat Acacia

Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family



Description A 9-15 ft., multi-trunked tree with small, yellow-orange balls of fragrant flowers and finely segmented, pinnate leaves which fall off during dry seasons. Long spines on older growth. 2-4 in. beans ripen to bright red. Winter branches are purplish-colored.


Habitat Dry slopes; washes; mesas.


Range Texas to Arizona and Mexico.


Discussion Mescat Wattle, or Whitethorn, is found in the wild without thorns, so a thornless selection is possible. Its form is variable.


Comments Mescat Wattle, or Whitethorn, is found in the wild without thorns, so a thornless selection is possible. Form is variable.


Exposure Preference Sun.


Flower May - August


Native Distribution Texas to Arizona & Mexico


Site Preference Dry slopes; washes; mesas


Soil Preference Dry, sandy or limestone soil.


 

 

 

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