New Mexican Locust
The Robinia Neomexicana
is commonly known as Hojalito
, New Mexican Locust
, New Mexico Locust
, Southwestern Locust
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New Mexico locust is found from the mountains of Trans-Pecos Texas north
to southern Colorado and west to southern Nevada [29
]. Its range
extends from southeastern California to New Mexico and northern Mexico
The currently accepted scientific name of New Mexico locust is Robinia
neomexicana Gray. It is a member of the pea family (Fabaceae). Several
varieties may be encountered in the literature; however, the maintenance
of varieties is questionable due to intergradation of all forms [3
New Mexico locust grows in pure stands or as an understory species .
New Mexico locust is an understory dominant or codominant with Gambel
oak (Quercus gambelii) under spruce-fir (Picea engelmannii-Abies
lasiocarpa), white fir (A. concolor), and mixed-conifer forests
[1,16,20,24,37,40]. It is a minor component in most riparian forest and
scrubland community types within its range, and in one chaparral
association (Arizona oak-yellowleaf silktassel-Emory oak [Q.
arizonica-Garrya flavescens-Q. emoryi]) [8,51,52].
New Mexico locust is an indicator for habitat types or plant
associations in the following publications:
(1) Classification of the forest vegetation on the National Forests of
Arizona and New Mexico 
(2) A vegetation classification system for New Mexico, U.S.A. 
(3) Forest habitat types in the Apache, Gila, and part of the Cibola
National Forests, Arizona and New Mexico 
(4) Forest and woodland habitat types (plant associations) of northern
New Mexico and northern Arizona 
(5) A classification of spruce-fir and mixed conifer habitat types of
Arizona and New Mexico .
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Pavek, Diane, S. 1993. Robinia neomexicana. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.