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Prosopis ruizlealii Burkart
Family: Fabaceae, Subfamily: Mimosoideae
NOTE: Only one seed of Prosopis ruizlealii was available for examination. Therefore, the description and images in this fact sheet may not be representative of this speciesí seeds.
Pods linear-oblong, straight to falcate, subcompressed, 5-17 cm long, 9-16 mm wide, 4-7 mm thick. Short-stipitate, apex mucronate, margins nearly straight. Dark reddish or nearly black, veins obscure. Endocarp segments subquadrate to obliquely ovate, boney, closed, 8-12 mm long and wide, 5-8 mm thick; mesocarp pulpy-fibrous or mealy. Seeds oriented longitudinally.
Seeds obovate to asymmetrically obovate in outline, 6-8 mm long, 3.7-5 mm wide, 2.7-4 mm thick, umbo indistinct, elliptic in cross section. Lens a mound.
Prosopis denudans Benth. (pod)
Andes foothills, arid, southern region of Argentina.
Prosopis ruizlealii is a spiny shrub, 0.6-3 m tall. It is closely related to P. denudans, of which it is possibly not more than a more robust, northern subspecies.
For more information about the genus Prosopis, see the Prosopis fact sheet.