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Characteristic Sonoran species on the islands are the palo verde Cercidium spp., elephant tree Bursera microphylla, desert ironwood Olneya tesota, limberbush Jatropha spp., ocatillo Fouquieria diguetti, white bursage Ambrosia spp. and cacti such as the columnar cardon Pachycerus pringlei, viejito Mammillaria capensis, cholla Opuntia cholla and prickly pears Opuntia spp.
Olneya tesota, called Desert Ironwood, Tesota or Palo fierro, is a conspicuous tree in much of the Sonoran Desert of southwestern North America.
Olneya tesota is endemic to the Sonoran Desert Region.
Olneya tesota is cultivated as a landscape tree in hot arid regions of southwestern United States.
Olneya tesota is cut for fuelwood, charcoal and carvings.