Common name: Honey Locust
Gleditsia triacanthos L. APNI*
Description: Spreading deciduous tree to 10 m high, usually with stout, simple or branched spines, 2–10 cm long.
Leaves 15–20 cm long, pinnate with 5–15 pinnae pairs or more often bipinnate with 2–7 pairs of pinnae and 12–30 pinnules per pinnae; leaflets elliptic to ovate, mostly 10–35 mm long, 5–12 mm wide, sparsely toothed; petiole and rachis ± hairy, petiole 3–5 cm long.
Racemes 5–10 cm long, golden-pubescent. Calyx 3–4 mm. Petals 4–6 mm long.
Pod slightly falcate, 15–40 cm long, 3–4 cm wide, dark brown; seeds 15–25, c. 10 mm long.
Flowering: spring, after new leaves have formed.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated as an ornamental or shade tree, sometimes naturalized. Native of N Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Qld ?W.A.
Grows readily from sed or cuttings and freely suckers, often forming dense thickets.
Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: J.H. Ross (1998)
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