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Prosopis burkartii Munoz
Family: Fabaceae, Subfamily: Mimosoideae
NOTE: Only one seed of Prosopis burkartii was available for examination. Therefore, the description and images in this fact sheet may not be representative of this speciesí seeds.
Pods submoniliform in 1-3 tight thick coils; ca. 15-21 mm long, 1-18 mm wide, with individual coils ca. 8 mm thick. Mostly multiple fruits in a spike form a globose mass. Yellowish-brown, puberulous. Seeds oriented longitudinally.
Seeds broadly obovate or broadly elliptic in outline, with an umbo, ca. 4.2-5.2 mm long, 2.6-4 mm wide, 1.5-1.8 mm thick; elliptic, rhombic or irregular in cross section. Pleurogram tilted, open-ended. Lens a mound.
The pods are distinctive. Tilted pleurogram of seed may be a distinguishing character.
Prosopis burkartii is a large, creeping shrub 0.5-1.5 m tall. The pods intermingle, forming a globose mass. This rare and isolated species may have originated from the hybridization of Prosopis tamarugo X P. strombulifera.
For more information about the genus Prosopis, see the Prosopis fact sheet.