Inflorescence of Robinia neomexicana, Flagstaff, Arizona. New Mexico locust, Robinia neomexicana  (Fabales: Fabaceae)
Common Name New Mexico Locust, Mescal Bean
Latin Name Robinia neomexicana
Native Habitat Southwest deserts 3,500 to 9,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or none per moth or none depending on soil
Height X Width 5 feet X 6 feet, 22 feet X 26 feet rare
Protective Mechanism Thorns
Leaves Deciduous, green color
Garden Suitability Fragrance, Mountain, Songbird
Ornamental Value Green leaves, fragrant purplish to pink flowers April through August
Nature Value Birds use flowers and seeds
Native American Uses Flowers and seed pods eaten, medicinal
Links  
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Robinia_neomexicana.html
    Seeds and data http://www.treehelp.com/shopping/product-detail.asp?Product_ID=2524
    Images http://www.nazflora.org/Robinia_neomexicana.htm
    Data, images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=317
    Seeds, images, and data http://www.plantsofthesouthwest.com/cgi-bin/plantview.cgi?_recordnum=1303
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=RONE
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Robinia+neomexicana
    Images and data http://medplant.nmsu.edu/robinia_neomexicana.htm
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