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Jun 3, 2018 10:25 AM CST
New Mexico
Hello, all! I'm so grateful for this community of plant enthusiasts! Anyone know what this is?

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Jun 3, 2018 11:09 AM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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The leaves immediately make me think it's in the legume family. That's not very helpful though because it's a huge family.

There are some categorizations here: https://www.wildflowers-and-we...

Hopefully that provides a starting point until somebody else comes along. Do you know if it has flowered?
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Jun 3, 2018 11:10 AM CST
New Mexico
Nope, no flowers yet...
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Jun 3, 2018 5:26 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Ah-oh! Looks like a root sucker from a Locust tree. Do you see any trees in your neighbors' yards?
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Jun 3, 2018 7:06 PM CST
Name: Vickie
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Not sure what kind of locust yours is, but my sister has bristly locust 'Robinia hispida', on her property and the leaves look like that. I tried to grow a start of it but it died. There isn't a picture of the leaves in the database, but here is a link to a pic at the Morton ARboretum. It is beautiful in bloom.

http://www.mortonarb.org/trees...
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Jun 3, 2018 8:19 PM CST
New Mexico
Hurray! Thank You!
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Jun 4, 2018 4:21 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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There's also a New Mexico Locust Robinia neomexicana. Are there any thorns on the plant?

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflow...
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Jun 4, 2018 7:47 AM CST
New Mexico
No, no thorns
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Jun 4, 2018 7:57 AM CST
Name: Sue
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On some branches the leaves look opposite, I'm not sure about others. If the leaves (the compound ones, not the leaflets) are opposite it's not a Robinia. It's possible the thorns are missing from a young plant but "grown up" robinias have thorns.
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Jun 4, 2018 2:06 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I suspect its a thornless Honey Locust.

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Jun 4, 2018 2:20 PM CST
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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The plant needing an ID has red bristles on the stems and the leaves are alternate.
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Jun 4, 2018 2:33 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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HamiltonSquare said:The plant needing an ID has red bristles on the stems and the leaves are alternate.


To me they look alternate on the left but those on the branches on the right seem more opposite.

Daisy I think the leaves are too rounded to be thornless honey locust (which also doesn't have the red bristles HamiltonSquare mentioned). I just went and picked a leaf off my thornless honey locust. The shape of leaflets on the ID plant look more like Robinia, but are there any other possibilities?

Thornless honey locust leaf:
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Jun 4, 2018 2:54 PM CST
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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I see tripinnately compound leaves that are opposite. edited to tri from bi.
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Jun 4, 2018 3:00 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Interesting that you should say that, I was pondering if they were bipinnately compound when I was looking at Caesalpinia as a possibility.
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Jun 4, 2018 3:57 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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HamiltonSquare said:The plant needing an ID has red bristles on the stems and the leaves are alternate.


Bristles? Ack! Back to thinking....
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Jun 4, 2018 4:11 PM CST
Name: Sue
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It was the bristles that made me think of Caesalpinia then I started doubting that I was maybe seeing bi-pinnate leaves. I think there are some that are native to New Mexico.

There's this one but the veins look more noticeable than in the ID plant:

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