• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

Velvet Mesquite

Velvet mesquite, Prosopis velutina

The name "Velvet mesquite" refers to the fine hairs found at the base of leaves and at the tips of small branches and new growth.

 
Velvet mesquite tree on Tumacácori Mission grounds
Velvet mesquite tree on Tumacácori Mission grounds
Photo by Anita Badertscher
 
Velvet mesquite leaf
Velvet mesquite leaf
Photo by Steve Baskauf
 
Velvet mesquite flowers
Velvet mesquite flowers
photo courtesy of Tarleton University
 
Velvet mesquite pods
Mesquite bean pods
Photo courtesy of Tarleton University

Did You Know?

The first roof replacement in 1921

It is estimated that since 1917 over 20 million dollars have been spent on the preservation and upkeep of Tumacácori's ruins.