Acacia greggii Catclaw
SHRUB or SMALL TREE. Thin gray branches have many single, thin,
recurved sharp thorns. Small bipinnate leaves with broad oval leaflets.
Oblong clusters of yellow and white sweet-smelling flowers in May, followed
by thin, twisted red or brownish seedpods. Common on dry slopes in
Mimosa aculeaticarpa var. biuncifera has narrower
leaflets, broader paired thorns, and round white flowerheads, and usually
grows at higher elevations.
Prosopis velutina has longer leaves,
flower clusters, and pods.
FAMILY: Fabaceae (Pea Family)