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Prosopis juliflora


A thorny small tree or large shrub to about 12 m (40 ft.) tall, native to dry regions in tropical America but popular worldwide for its many useful features. The seed pods are traditionally ground into flour products (pinole) and a mesquite wine can be fermented from them; the fernlike leaves are used as forage; the yellowish, bottlebrush-like flowers are popular with bees that produce a superior, fragrant honey from their nectar; the wood can be used for a variety of purposes, most notably for smoking food and, in the form of charcoal, for barbecuing; the gum is used as an emulsifying agent; and the plant is much used in traditional medicine. It is also an excellent ornamental shade tree for desert areas even though a bit messy. Cultivation is very easy and Mesquite will grow with little attention and very little water in temperate as well as tropical climates from USDA Zones 7 to 11. Seeds should be scarified or immersed in boiling water for 30 seconds to break dormancy, then soaked at room temperature for a day. In some countries Mesquite is considered a noxious weed and the importation of seeds may be restricted.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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