Olneya tesota Olneya tesota File:Olneya tesota.jpg
 
Common Name Desert Ironwood
Latin Name Olneya tesota
Native Habitat Sandy washes 0 to 2,000 feet in lower Mojave and Sonoran Deserts
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width 25 feet X 25 feet
Protective Mechanism Thorns
Leaves Green, evergreen but will drop some leaves during dry seasons
Garden Suitability Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value White to pink pea like flowers May to June
Nature Value Birds eat seeds
Native American Uses Seeds (peanuty taste) and pods ground into flour, extremely hard wood used for digging sticks, extremely hard wood used for making clubs and throwing sticks for weaponry
Links  
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/IronwoodTree/IronwoodTree.htm
    Images and data http://www.winrock.org/fnrm/factnet/factpub/FACTSH/O_tesota.html
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=OLTE
    Images and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Olneya_tesota.html
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OLTE
    Seeds  
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