New Mexico Locust Buds
Buds of New Mexico Locust seen on the trail at the Roosevelt Overlook, North Rim, Grand Canyon.
New Mexico locust (Robinia neomexicana) in full bloom at the lodge at the North Rim, Grand Canyon.
Robinia neomexicana grows to 5–10 m tall with bristly shoots. The leaves are 10–15 cm long, pinnate with 7–15 leaflets; they have a pair of sharp, reddish-brown thorns at the base. The flowers are showy and white or pink, produced in spring or early summer in dense racemes 5–10 cm long that hang from the branches near the ends. The fruits are brown bean-like pods with bristles like those on the shoots.
Pueblo Native Americans in New Mexico traditionally ate the flowers uncooked.
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