DESCRIPTIONS OF GENERA AND SPECIES
is a large genus with 1,200 tree and shrub species; 1 speciesis native to California. The genus is especially diverse in Australia.
A shrub armed with prickles that oftengrows to be 3.5 m (12 ft) tall. The largest lives in Red Rock, NewMexico, and is 14.9 m (49 ft) tall and 62 cm (24 in.) in diame-ter.
are alternate and deciduous. Blades are compound,with several blade axes measuring from 2.5 cm (1 in.) to 5 cm(2 in.) long. Each axis has 8 to 12 leaﬂets that are about 6 mm(.25 in.) long. Blade axes lack terminal leaﬂets.
are elongated clusters ofmany small ﬂowers. Each clus-ter is from 2 cm (.75 in.) to 5 cm (2 in.) long.
are yel-low and individually inconspicuous. The many yellow stamensprovide the conspicuous color ofthe showy inﬂorescences.
are legumes with blunt tips and measure 5 cm (2 in.)to 15 cm (6 in.) long.
are gray with curved prickles about6 mm (.25 in.) long.
HABITAT AND RANGE
Grows along washes below 600 m(2,000 ft) in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Colorado Deserts in Cali-fornia. It ranges east into Texas and south into Mexico.
Catclaw acacia is the only native acaciain the state; it is generally uncommon but locally abundant. Thirteen species ofacacia have es-caped from cultivation in California, some of which are noxious weeds. Another de-scriptive common name for this speciesis wait-a-minute.
has 124 species, nearly all ofwhich grow in temperate cli-mates in the Northern Hemisphere. Fourteen maple species arefound in the United States, and 4 ofthese grow in California.
AC AC I A