Gleditsia triacanthos L.
Family: Fabaceae
honey locust
[Caesalpiniodes triacanthum (L.) Kuntze,  more]
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Etymology: Gleditsia: simplified and Latinized name of J.G. Gleditsch, comtemporary of Linnaeus and a botanist
Plants: perennial tree 65" or more tall, usually thorny
Leaves: leaves with 9-14 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblong to lance-like
Flowers: white to greenish/yellow; inflorescences along the branches, many male flowers in tight racemes, female flowers in looser racemes; blooms with or after the leaves appear
Fruits: large, flat, oval, woody, usually many-seeded, dark brown pods; seeds separated about 1" apart by a sweetish pulp
Habitat: moist; rich woods
Conservation Status: Native
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