Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon
   Fabaceae -- The Pea Family Bibliography
      Prosopis pallida

Common name(s): algaroba, kiawe, mesquite
General Information
DistributionNative to Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador, and naturalized in Puerto Rico, Hawai`i, and Australia.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Midway, Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.
















Habit
Trees 8-20 m tall, ± with slender stipular spines 0.3-1(-1.7) cm long.
Leaves
Leaves with (1-)3-4 pairs of pinnae, each with 6-15 pairs of leaflets, these oblong to elliptic oblong, 2.5-10 mm long, 1.4-4 mm wide, veins prominent on lower surface, pubescent, sometimes only along margins and on rachis, apex mucronate or weakly acuminate, base rounded, usually oblique.
Flowers
Flowers numerous, in cylindrical spikes 7-12 cm long; corolla yellowish green, ca. 6 mm long, inner surface of petals pilose; stamens 5-6 mm long.
Fruit
Pods yellowish brown, subcylindrical, often irregularly curved, 6-25 cm long, 1-1.5 cm wide, stipe 1.3-1.8 cm long.
Seeds
Seeds brown, narrowly obovoid, ca. 6.5 mm long.