Parkinsonia florida

Common Name: Blue Palo Verde
Oˊodham Name: Koˊokmaḍ   (Koˊokmadt)   Audio
Group: Trees - Desert

Parkinsonia florida is the largest of three species of "Palo Verde" native to the Sonoran Desert. The tree forms a tangled, spherical mass of spiny blue-green stems and leaves, and it may reach a size of 25 ft wide and tall. It grows in sandy soil in, and near, washes and, less often, on desert flats between 500 and 4000 ft. Also see Parkinsonia microphylla and Parkinsonia aculeata. Until recently this species was included in the genus Cercidium, as Cercidium floridum.

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Kingdom Plantae - Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta - Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta - Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae - Pea family
Genus Parkinsonia L. - paloverde
Species Parkinsonia florida (Benth. ex A. Gray) S. Watson - blue paloverde
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