Taxon: Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce

Genus: Prosopis
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
  Subfamily: Mimosoideae
      Tribe: Mimoseae
Nomen number: 29749
Place of publication: Rep. Bot. Exch. Club Soc. Brit. Isles 3:422. 1914
Name Verified on: 07-Nov-1985 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 27-Jan-2006
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 4 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Bee plants: honey production (fide J AridEnv 27:9. 1994)
  • Environmental: potential for agroforestry (fide Firewood Cr)
  • Environmental: revegetator (fide Firewood Cr)
  • Animal food: fodder (fide Firewood Cr)
  • Fuels: charcoal (fide Firewood Cr)
  • Fuels: fuelwood (fide Firewood Cr)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Oman; Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Pakistan


  • Burkart, A. 1976. A monograph of the genus Prosopis (Leguminosae subfam. Mimosoideae) J. Arnold Arbor. 57:450.
  • Fagg, C. W. & J. L. Stewart 1994. The value of Acacia and Prosopis in arid and semi-arid environments J. Arid Environm. 27:9.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Ghazanfar, S. A. An annotated catalogue of the vascular plants of Oman. Scripta Botanica Belgica 2. 1992 (L Oman)
  • Greuter, W. et al., eds. International code of botanical nomenclature (Saint Louis Code). 2000 (ICBN St Louis) Art. 53.6, Ex. 20
  • Luna, R. K. Plantation trees. 1996 (Plantation Trees)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. Flora of [West] Pakistan. 1970- (F Pak)
  • Nasir, S. M. & M. Athar 1998. Fuelwood as an energy source (Phytologia) 85:106.
  • National Academy of Sciences Firewood crops. Shrub and tree species for energy production. 1980 (Firewood Cr)
  • Norton, J. et al. Illustrated checklist of the flora of Qatar. 2009 (Ill L Qatar)
  • Rechinger, K. H., ed. Flora iranica. 1963- (F Iran)
  • Watson, J. F. Index to the native and scientific names of Indian and other eastern economic plants and products. 1868 (Names Watson)
  • Wiersema, J. H. & B. León World economic plants: a standard reference (on-line edition) [medicinal plants only]. (World Econ Pl Med)


Check other web resources for Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce :

  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seeds: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image