Parkinsonia florida (Benth. ex A. Gray) S. Watson
Cercidium floridum Benth. ex A. Gray ssp. floridum
Cercidium floridum Benth. ex A. Gray
Blue Palo Verde, Blue Paloverde
Blue Palo Verde is a native of the Sonoran Desert.
Identification: This species is found in desert areas, typically near rivers or desert wash areas that receive at least intermittent water. It reaches 15-30' (4.6-9.1 m) in height. Leaves are bipinnate, with leaflets ⅛-¼" (3.2-6.3 mm) long. It is found in association with honey mesquite, smoketree, ironwood, desert willow, and catclaw acacia.
This table compares blue palo verde with foothills palo verde.
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|Plant||15-30' (4.6-9.1 m). Trunk and branches are bluish green, photosynthetic.||10-20' (3-6.1 m) high, and about the same around. Bark is smooth and yellow-green in color.|
|Leaves||Bipinnate, with leaflets ⅛-¼" (3.2-6.3 mm) long; often leafless.||In small pinnate stalks up to 1" (2.5 cm), containing a row of tiny, round leaflets. Dropped entirely during droughts.|
|Fruit||A flat pod with one or more seeds, brown, turning white with age, up to 3" (7.6 cm) long.||2-3" (5-7.6 cm) seed pods contain up to five seeds.|
|Habitats||Creosote bush scrub, below 3600' (1.1 km)||Mohave and Sonoran deserts of Arizona, California, and Baja Mexico; at up to 4000' (1.2 km)|
Parkinsonia florida at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Parkinsonia florida on Discover Life
Parkinsonia florida as Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension
Parkinsonia florida on www.treesofnorthamerica.net
Parkinsonia florida on CalPhotos
Parkinsonia florida at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Parkinsonia florida at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Parkinsonia florida on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Parkinsonia florida at Arid Zone Trees (PDF)
Parkinsonia florida at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
Parkinsonia florida description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.