return to: checklist; keys; family Fabaceae sensu lato, subfamily Mimosoideae
Tree of lax habit, main trunk often more or less horizontal, bearing numerous elongate branches; bark separating into longitudinal strips the edges of which curl inward; stems with numerous stout stipular spines; leaves bipinnately compound. Flowers clustered in short cylindrical spikes, the numerous stamens resembling a powder-puff. Seed pods broad, smooth, distinctly reddish/purplish brown while immature.
Listed as an important source of pollen and/or nectar for bees (Souza Novello 1981, Suarez Molina 1981).