Gymnocladus dioicus (L.) K.Koch
Family: Fabaceae
Kentucky coffee-tree
Gymnocladus dioicus image
Darrin Kimbler  
Etymology: Gymnocladus: Greek for "naked" and "a branch," referring to stout branches with no leaves for many months
Plants: perennial tree to 100' tall
Leaves: almost 40" long, bi-pinnately divided into 3-6 pairs of leaflets each with several pairs of leaflets
Flowers: greenish-white, softly hairy; petals and sepals nearly the same and longer than the stamens inflorescence a terminal panicle
Fruits: widely oblong, woody, flat but thick pods 3"-10" long; a few thick, hard seeds separated by pulp
Habitat: moist; rich woods
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Special Concern