Photographer: Michael Clayton
Gleditsia triacanthos L.
Gleditsia: simplified and Latinized name of J.G. Gleditsch, comtemporary of Linnaeus and a botanist
triacanthos: tri for 3; acantha for "thorn, thistle"
|Plant: ||perennial tree 65" or more tall, usually thorny|
|Flower: ||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|
|Fruit:||large, flat, oval, woody, usually many-seeded, dark brown pods; seeds separated about 1" apart by a sweetish pulp|
|Leaf:||leaves with 9-14 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblong to lance-like|
|Habitat: ||moist; rich woods|