Screwbean Mesquite

Prosopis pubescens

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Prosopis pubescens, commonly known as screwbean mesquite, is a species of flowering shrub or small tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the southwestern United States (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, southern Nevada and Utah) and northern Mexico (Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora).

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The screwbean mesquite or the prosopis pubescens is a native plant for our ecosystem. Some people consider it as a dangerous plant for other plants because this plant takes water from other plants and it ends up killing those other plants. This plant is located in the bosque. The screwbean mesquite is a plant that doesn't need that much water, which is why it grows well in the desert.

The screwbean mesquite is a plant that can provide food by the seed and it is edible. It makes a great cake and it looks like a skinny banana. It can be used medicinally to regulate blood sugar. The screwbean mesquite can also work as glue or hair dye. The screwbean mesquite provides food for insects, with it's nectar because the screwbean mesquite has flowers. This plant grows in New México, Texas, Arizona, California, and Nevada.

By Daniel Dominguez, 13
South Valley Academy
7 grade science

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  5. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) kristen_himm, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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