Neltuma palmeri Britton & Rose
Prosopis tamaulipana is a small to medium-sized, spiny, deciduous tree with a round-topped crown and drooping branches. The main trunk is short[
The plant is probably harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood.
Southern N. America - eastern Mexico (Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz)
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Species in this genus generaly require a sunny position in a well-drained soil[
]. The plant is often found on heavy clays in the wild[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The fleshy pulp in the seedpods of many species in this genus is edible[
]. We have no specific information for this species, other than the flesh inside the seedpod is pulpy with a sweet flavour[
]. The seedpod is 8 - 13cm long and 6 - 8mm wide[
We have no specific information for this species, but the wood of most members of this genus is widely used locally for fence posts, fuel etc[
Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have ripened and dried the seeds of this species may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing[
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