cercidium microphyllum


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foothills palo verde
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foothills palo verde

foothills palo verde

A small desert tree growing to about 20ft (7m) with upright pointing branches, and yellow-green leaves. When it gets really hot, it drops it’s leaves and lives by photosynthesis through it’s bark and branches! Sometimes it won’t have leaves for a year. Seed pods edible, green raw, cooked, or powdered.
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deltoidea, triangle-leaf bursage) and Encelia farinosa (brittlebush), with scattered Cercidium microphyllum (follows nomenclature of Hickman, 1993).
Cercidium microphyllum is known to be fire-sensitive with only some minor resprouting (Loftin, 1987; Cave, 1982; Cave and Patten, 1984).
Herbivore-limited establishment of a Sonoran Desert tree: Cercidium microphyllum.
other common shrubs in the area included Larrea tridentata (creosotebush), Cercidium microphyllum (yellow paloverde), Olneya tesota (ironwood), and Prosopis glandulosa (honey mesquite).