Senegalia gilliesii

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Senegalia gillesii
J. Charboneau

Senegalia gillesii fruit

Botanical Name

Senegalia gilliesii (Steudel) Seigler & Ebinger

Common Name(s)

  • garabato negro (Spanish)


Legume Clades

Native Geographic Range

  • South-Central South America

IUCN Status

Growth Form

small tree

Cultivation Status in AZ

Uniquely cultivated by DELEP


Tardily drought and cold-deciduous plants to 16 ft (5 m) high. The bark is gray and becomes fissured on the trunks. Stems are uniquely armed with a short spur at each node that ends in a pair of opposed recurved prickles. Leaves are bipinnate with __--__ pairs of pinnae. Each pinna has __--__ pairs of leaflets. White flowers are produced in head-like inflorescences in the summer.


Native to parts of northern Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The species is found on slopes and plains in dry scrub, savanna, and subtropical woodlands.


None reported.


Garabato negro is not grown in nurseries. It is not recommended due to its potential to become invasive. It would make a formidable barrier plant.