New Mexican locust Fabaceae Robinia
neomexicana A. Gray
|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.
Looks like: black locust
- bristly locust
| Additional Range Information:
Robinia neomexicana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting New Mexican locust.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson