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This article is about the trees. For other uses, see Mesquite (disambiguation).

Mesquite is the common name for several species of small trees in the genus Prosopis. They are native to the southwestern United States and Mexico (except for creeping mesquite, which is invasive in southern California).

This tree blooms from spring to summer.


The English word mesquite is borrowed from the Spanish word mezquite, which in turn was borrowed from the Nāhuatl term mizquitl.[1][2][3]

As an introduced and invasive species[edit]

Honey mesquite has been introduced to parts of Africa, Asia, and Australia and is considered by the World Conservation Union as one of the world's most problematic invasive species.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Entry for mizquitl in the A Nahuatl–English Dictionary and Concordance to the Cantares Mexicanos by John Bierhorst (p. 216).
  2. ^ Entry for mesquite in the Diccionario de la lengua española (Real Academia Española).
  3. ^ Entry for mesquite in the Online Etymology Dictionary.
  4. ^ "100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  5. ^ Honey mesquite in Texas

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