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Jepson Field Book volume 26 page 104 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 26 page 104
Ehrenberg, Ariz., 270 ft ---------- No. 5256. Acacia greggii Gray  Ehrenberg. Wash. - Indians (of this region) never kill a coyote or a snake. - Desert green peas. The desert prospectors shell out the green seeds of the Palo Verde and cook them like garden peas. If taken just at the right stage they taste very much like ordinary peas, but soon get too hard. - Cereus giganteus. Ward says: The fruit is a little like a fig and is full of seeds like a fig. It is crimson and much larger than a fig. The fruits are highly thought of and sought by the desert people. It is only in occas- ::::::::: 31 Oct. 1912. ---------- ional years that there is a good crop. The birds, mocker, woodpeckers, etc go after them very quickly. - The desert men speak of three mesquites: the ordinary Mesquite, the Screwbean Mesquite and the Catclaw Mesquite. "They are all very much alike". - The pods of all these leguminous trees desert trees are the main resource of domentic animals on the desert. - Baggs speaks of two Palo Verdes, a female tree which comes first and a male scrggly tree which comes a month later. See p. 109. - The seeds of the desert leguminous trees are very very hard when dead ripe. - Atriplex lentiformis. Palo Verde Valley, Cal., near Ehrenberg Ldg. -- average bush = 8 ft. h., 21 ft. diam., of crown.
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