New Mexico Locust (Robinia neomexicana)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
New Mexico Locust
Robinia neomexicana
Leguminosae

Plants succeed in dry barren sites, their suckering habit making them suitable for stabilizing banks[200, 229].

Wood – tough, elastic and durable[155, 257]. Used for fence posts etc[155].

  • Medicinal Use

    Antirheumatic[149, 216].

    An emetic, it is used to clear the stomach[216, 257].

  • Edible Use

    Flowers – raw or cooked[105, 155, 161, 183, 257]. They can be used as a flavouring in cooked dishes[257]. The flowers can be boiled, then dried and stored for later use[257].

    Seedpods – raw or cooked[229, 257]. They are gathered in the fall and eaten when fresh[229]. The pods can also be cooked then dried and stored for later use[257].

    Seed – cooked[229, 257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The bark, root and seed are said to be poisonous[155].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – pre-soak for 48 hours in warm water and sow the seed in late winter in a cold frame[80]. A short stratification improves germination rates and time[80]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the following summer. The seed stores for over 10 years[113]. Suckers taken during the dormant season.
Succeeds in a hot dry position. Succeeds in any soil, preferring one that is not too rich[1, 200]. Requires a well-drained soil, succeeding on dry barren sites[200]. Plants are tolerant of drought and atmospheric pollution[200]. The branches are brittle and very liable to wind damage[200]. When plants are grown in rich soils they produce coarse and rank growth which is even more liable to wind damage[11, 200]. Plants can be coppiced[155]. Any pruning should be done in late summer in order to reduce the risk of bleeding[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. 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[200].
South-western N. America – Texas to New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.

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