What is Catclaw
Below is a transcription of the above sign found at the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.
Catclaw or Devil’s Claw – Acacia greggii
ADAPTION FOR SURVIVAL
Extensive, shallow root network connects surface water from large area after infrequent rains.
Thorny branches, hairy compound leaves.
Numerous thorns are curved like cat’s claw, giving the shrub one of its common names.
The shrub is known as the “wait-a-minute” bush and “tear-blanket” because it takes time to get free of the thorns without scratching skin or tearing clothing.
Excellent wildlife habitat; Indians used seeds for food; pods provide dark element found in Pauite basketry.
Flowers a source of high grade honey.
Streamsides, arroyos and washes
April – June
1140 to 6000 ft (380 to 2000 m)
TYPE OF SOIL
Well drained sandy gravels
SOURCE OF WATER
Surface, along drainages
To 8 ft (2.4 m)
Insects, wildlife, wind