screwbean mesquite


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Related to screwbean mesquite: Prosopis pubescens

screw·bean mesquite

(skro͞o′bēn′)
n.
A mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) of the southwest United States and northern Mexico, having twisted seedpods that resemble a corkscrew. Also called screwbean, tornillo.
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Noun1.screwbean mesquite - shrub or small tree of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico having spirally twisted pods
mesquit, mesquite - any of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Prosopis having small flowers in axillary cylindrical spikes followed by large pods rich in sugar
screw bean - spirally twisted sweet pod of screwbean mesquite that is used for fodder or ground into meal for feed
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Beavers strongly selected cottonwood and Russian olive, weakly selected willow, and used less frequently than available mule-fat (Baccharis salicifolia), screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens), saltcedar, and broadleaf cattail (Table 2).
Other recently vacated thrones, with the previous champ's point totals: cajeput-tree (300), castorbean (49), Allegheny chinkapin (155), Ozark chinkapin (124), littleleaf cyrilla (61), September elm (271), Lindheimer hackberry (127), scrub hickory (121), screwbean mesquite (84), and water-elm (313).
While investigating the insect communities associated with North American mesquite plants, I discovered that screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) is absent in many localities where it was previously recorded, including half of the extent of its range along the Rio Grande and along almost all of the Gila and Salt rivers.