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Parkinsonia aculeata L.
Mexican palo verde, Jerusalam thorn

Parkinsonia aculeata
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr

Family: Fabaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southern United States (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona) and Mexico; widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Parkinsonia aculeata has been found in the following 13 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Bill Sadowski Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Biscayne National Park Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only
Chapman Field Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dupuis Reserve Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Fred C. Babcock-Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized

Parkinsonia aculeata has been found in the following 3 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Charlotte County Not Native, Naturalized
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Naturalized
Monroe County (Keys) Not Native, Naturalized

Parkinsonia aculeata has been found in the following habitat :
Disturbed Upland

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Parkinsonia aculeata
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr
Parkinsonia aculeata
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr
Parkinsonia aculeata
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr
Parkinsonia aculeata
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr