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Tree Armor

Honey locust tree

Girded With Thorns

So what do you do if a dinosaur wants to eat you, but you’re a tree named honey locust and you can’t run away? You grow big mean-looking, and no doubt painful if eaten, thorns and call yourself a thorny locust. This tree also has wild grapevines growing on it, but the thorns are growing on long thin stems out of all the branches, wrapping around and around the tree as well as dangling off of it all around the perimeter. It is still a honey locust, even with such thorns: the pods they produce with their seeds, which look like huge flat leathery beans, have a pulp inside that is sweet and crisp.

honey locust thorns

Thorns

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3 responses

  1. Pingback: Beauty and the Beast | Today

  2. Not something I would want wrapped around my forehead. :/ Yikes!!!

    April 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    • It was pretty frightening just to look at!

      April 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm

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