Pineland Acacia - Acacia pinetorum
Shrubby or a small tree (15 feet), this acacia is sometimes planted as an ornamental for its brightly-colored "pom-pom" flowers which may bloom for an extended period; they have a sweet fragrance. The rounded flower head is singular or sometimes in small clusters. The bark is grayish-brown and furrowed, and the branches are armed with sharp spines. there are 8-19 leaflets to each pinnate leaf. The seed pods are dark brown or black, and straight or curved; the seeds are imbeded in pulp. It is native to Florida where it grows in disturbed areas and in pineland habitat.