Thursday, September 17, 2015

Retama | Parkinsonia Aculeata


The yellow flowers are typical of flowers found in the pea family.  The flowers populate the tree at several heights and the tree has a wide draping or flowing silhouette so the tree makes a beautiful backdrop for a cactus and succulent garden. It is a welcome treat  in the summer heat of August to find a tree, in addition to the crape myrtles, that perform so well and provide color.

 The seeds pods are pendulous and add a nice texture combined with the lacy leaves.

The bark of ratema is green. In the photograph above you can see the various stages of maturity.

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