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|Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Parkinsonia||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Parkinsonia microphylla Torr.
Habit: Shrub, small tree 3--4(9) m, with thorn-tipped branches; branches generally ascending or spreading, broom-like, hairy. Leaf: sessile, yellow-green; 1° leaflets 1 pair, axis 2--4 cm, generally early-deciduous; 2° leaflets 8--16, 1--5 mm. Flower: corolla 12--14 mm, banner < 10 mm, widely ovate, generally cream-white. Fruit: late dehiscent, < 11 cm, brown, narrowed between seeds; tip beak-like, generally ending in spine.
Ecology: Rock slopes; Elevation: +- 600 m. Bioregional Distribution: D; Distribution Outside California: to Arizona, northwestern Mexico. Flowering Time: Apr--May (generally 2 weeks after Parkinsonia florida) Note: Branches used as livestock feed; seeds edible. Hybrids with Parkinsonia florida reported [Jones et al. 1998 Madroño 45:110--118].
Synonyms: Cercidium microphyllum (Torr.) Rose & I.M. Johnst.
eFlora Treatment Author: Martin F. Wojciechowski
Jepson Online Interchange
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Parkinsonia florida
Next taxon: Pediomelum
Citation for this treatment: Martin F. Wojciechowski 2016. Parkinsonia microphylla, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=36269, accessed on February 14, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 14, 2016.