desertfern Fabaceae Lysiloma watsonii
Leaf:Alternate, evergreen (drought deciduous), bipinnately compound, 3 to 5 inches long, with 4 to 10 pairs of major leaflets and numerous pairs of very small minor, very finely divided leaflets, entire, leaf rather feathery looking, bright green to grayish green.
Flower:Creamy white, round cluster, 1/2 inch across on a slender 1 inch stem, appearing in late spring in open terminal clusters.
Fruit:A 4 to 8 inch long, 1/2 inch wide flat legume, dark reddish brown to nearly black, flattened seeds inside.
Twig:Slender, reddish brown, zig zag, speckled with lighter lenticels, thornless.
Bark:Gray to reddish brown, developing scaly, loose patches.
Form:Small, multi-stemmed tree or large, wide spreading shrub reaching up to 20 feet tall with sn open airy crown.