General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 20 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Edible Parts: Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant

Common names
  • Screwbean Mesquite
  • Tornillo
  • American Screw-Bean
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Strombocarpa pubescens
  • Synonym: Prosopis pubescens

Photo Gallery
Location: Desert Botanical Garden   Phoenix, AZ
Date: 2024-04-08
Shaggy peeling bark
Location: Santa Clara Bench, Ivins, Utah, United States
Date: 2016-11-26
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Date: Apr 13, 2012
Location: Ivins, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-07-21
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Date: Apr 13, 2012
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Date: Apr 13, 2012
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Apr 15, 2012 7:07 AM concerning plant:
    Native Americans relied on the mesquite pod as a dietary staple from which they made tea, syrup and a ground meal called pinole. They also used used the bark for basketry, fabrics and medicine. A favorite of bees and other insects, mesquite flowers produce a fragrant honey.

    The taproots, which can be larger than the trunk, are often dug up for firewood. Next to Ironwood, mesquite is the best firewood of the desert, because it burns slowly and is smokeless. The wood is also used for fenceposts, tool handles and to create aromatic charcoal for barbecuing.

    Habitate: Sonoran, Mojave and Chihuahuan deserts from western Texas, west to extreme southwestern Utah, southeastern California and adjoining Mexico.

    Found along side desert washes and streams, plains and hillsides, often in thickets below 5,500 feet.

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