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Yellow Paloverde (Parkinsonia microphylla)
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Foothill Paloverde (Cercidium microphyllum)

General: Yellow Paloverde (Parkinsonia microphylla) is a small tree with green bark. The leaves are 3-4 inches long, sessile, and twice compound. There are 8 or more secondary leaflets. The flowers are weakly bilateral with the stamens sticking out and free sepals. The tree is armed with small thorns in the leaf axils.

Yellow Paloverde is an uncommon component of vegetation communities in dry, well-drained gravelly and rocky areas along washes in desert flats and on bajadas into the lower mountains in the Lower Sonoran (Creosote-Bursage Flats) and Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zones.

Around Las Vegas, look for Yellow Paloverde in southern parts of Lake Mead NRA (Fire Canyon holds the northern-most population) and south into southern California and Arizona. This species does not naturally occur in the Las Vegas Valley area.

Family: Legume (Fabaceae)

Foothill Paloverde (Cercidium microphyllum)
Green bark
Foothill Paloverde (Cercidium microphyllum)
Compound leaves (primary 1 pair; secondary numerous pairs)
Foothill Paloverde (Cercidium microphyllum)
Flower is weakly bilateral with the stamens sticking out
Foothill Paloverde (Cercidium microphyllum)
Flower is free sepals
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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