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Prosopis Linn., Mant. 1: 10. 1767.

Prosopis cineraria

Credit: Asad

Unarmed or armed trees or shrubs with prickles, axillary spines or spinescent stipules. Leaves bipinnate, pinnae 1-2 pairs, leaflets few or many paired; stipules small, or absent. Petiolar or jugal glands small or obscure. Inflorescence axillary cylindric spike or globose heads. Flowers 5-merous. Calyx shortly dentate. Petals connate below the middle. Stamens 10, free, anthers with or without a deciduous gland. Ovary sessile or stipitate, ovules numerous. Fruit linear, thick and compresĀ¬sed, straight or falcate, indehiscent, mesocarp spongy. Seeds ovate, compressed.

A genus with about 45 species, distributed in tropical and subtropical regions.

1 Prickles on internodes   (2)
+ No prickles on internodes   (3)
2 (1) Pinnae 2-4, rachis glabrous, flowers sessile   Prosopis cineraria
+ Pinnae 6-10, rachis pilose, flowers pedicellate   Prosopis farcta
3 (1) Leaflets 3.5-6 times as long as broad, spaced 2.5-5 mm apart   Prosopis juliflora
+ Leaflets 9-12 times as long as broad, spaced commonly 9-18 mm apart   Prosopis glandulosa

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