New Mexican locust Fabaceae Robinia neomexicana
Leaf:Alternate, pinnately compound, 11 to 19 elliptical leaflets each 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, entire margins, green above.
Flower:Perfect, attractive, purple-pink, pea-like in hanging clusters, gland-tipped hairs present, appearing in late spring.
Fruit:Flat pod, brown, 2 to 4 inches long, covered in gland tipped hairs.
Twig:Moderate, zigzag, somewhat angled or ridged, reddish hairs, a pair of spines at each leaf scar; buds sunken.
Bark:Light gray-brown, shallowly furrowed, scaly flat ridges.
Form:Small tree that reaches 25 feet. It root suckers profusely and forms dense thickets.