from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An anomalous genus of Mexican shrubs or small trees, which has been placed in the order Tamariscineœ by recent authorities.


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  • Besides an infinite variety of others of the cactus family, there were yuccas, agaves and larreas; the fouquiera and koberlinia, long and thorny leafless rods; artemisias and the algarrobbas or mesquite bean-trees, another principal food of the Indians and valuable for cattle and horses.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • Around grew _acacias, mimosas, gleditschias, robinias, algarobias_ -- all the thorny legumes of the world; above towered the splendid _fouquiera_ with spinous stem; there nourished the "tornillo" (_prosopis glandulosa_), with its twisted beans; there the "junco" (_koeblerinia_), whose very leaves are thorns.

    The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse


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