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Beauty and the Beast

thorny locust thorn and leaf
thorny locust thorn and leaf

Impressive

The tender leaf, the fearsome thorn, on the same branch, sprouting from the same spot.

Once more, the thorny locust, this time a sapling, in spring. For perspective, the thorns are about 2.5″ long. In spring they are softer and will bend a bit, not until winter do they develop their full strength, but if pressed straight on from the point they will do some damage. I did not test them.

Note the faint spiderweb above, and how tiny the spider must be to have spun that silk.

thorny locust thorn and leaf

A branch of thorns and leaves.

 

 

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Tree Armor

Honey locust tree
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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