Taxon  Report   6069    
Parkinsonia aculeata  L.
Jerusalem thorn,  Mexican palo verde
Parkinsonia aculeata
© 2016 Erik Larsen
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Parkinsonia aculeata
© 2016 Erik Larsen
Parkinsonia aculeata
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Parkinsonia aculeata, a dicot, is a tree that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

Interactive Distribution Map

Observation Hotline
(observation details)

point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Parkinsonia aculeata
© 2015 Richard Spellenberg
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Parkinsonia
Communities: escaped cultivar, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

More information about  Parkinsonia aculeata
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ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Dec 15, 2018).