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Pakistan | Family List | Caesalpiniaceae | Gleditsia

Gleditsia triacanthos Linn., Sp. Pl. 1056. 1753. Parker, l.c. 182. 1956. Rehder in Bailey, Stand. Cycl. Hort. 2: 1347. 1950.

A large deciduous polygamous tree, provided with tufts of branched thorns. Leaves uni or bipinnate, rachis 12.5-17.5 cm long, leaflets 12-15 pairs, 1.7-2.5 cm long, opposite or alternate, oblong, crenulate. Raceme 5 cm long. Flowers 5 mm long, greenish. Pods up to 50 cm or more long, 3.7 cm wide, stipe 1.2 cm long, curved or straight, flat, seeds elliptic, embedded in pulp.

Fl. Per.: April.

Distribution: It is a native of United States, cultivated in the gardens of Punjab.

The Honey Locust is planted as an ornamental and hedge plant. The pods are reputed to contain 29% sugar and are readily eaten by animals. Wood is durable.


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