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honey locust,

leguminous deciduous tree (Gleditsia triacanthos) of the family Leguminosae (pulsepulse,
in botany, common name for members of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae), a large plant family, called also the pea, or legume, family. Numbering about 650 genera and 17,000 species, the family is third largest, after the asters and the orchids.
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 family), native to the eastern half of the United States but planted as a shade tree in many regions of the United States and in other countries, where it is sometimes naturalized. It has heavily fragrant flowers attractive to bees, compound leaves made up of small leaflets, and large branching thorns. The pods, which usually twist with age, are brown, flat, about 12 to 18 in. (30.5–45.7 cm) long, and have a sweet, edible pulp that has been used to make beer. Pulp of Asian species has substituted for soap. Wood of the honey locust is durable and has been used chiefly for fence posts and crossties. A thornless variety is widely planted in the N United States as a street tree. Other trees called locust belong to the same family. The honey locust is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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honey locust

Tree grows up to 80 ft (27m) with thorns, greenish flower clusters, flat twisted fruit pods, which are antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial. Pod tea used for lung, stomach and heart issues. Leaves contain anti-cancer compounds. Anything this powerful could be toxic if taken in high doses. There is a similar tree called the Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) that is toxic and doesn’t have the long branched spines on the trunk, instead having pairs of short thorns at the base of each leaf; the leaflets are also much broader on the toxic version.
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Honey locust trees are found over most of the eastern half of the United States, wherever there is deep, moist, fertile ground such as old meadows, grown-over pastures and bottomlands.
Like the honey locust trees that shade the family cottage in apparent perpetuity, the book of Genesis reminds us that the mysteries of familial conflict are no less perennially vexing than the question of why it is that, at certain moments in history, people feel it is somehow all right to take up arms and kill their neighbours.
Feldhake says there has been more selection for honey locust trees because of interest in their pods as a good source of sugar and protein for grazing livestock.
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The exercise adopted involved foliage of honey locust trees bordering the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (hereafter KCPA), a large complex occupying two city blocks N-S (Illinois to Oregon Sts.
Other environmentally-conscious programs include a protection plan for the endangered California freshwater shrimp at Huichica Creek and a preservation effort directed at the Valley Oaks and Honey Locust Trees which dot the winery grounds.
Downtown's biggest landlord invested $8 million in the renovation of the park, which now features a pink granite ground cover, table seating, 500 in-ground lights and a grove of honey locust trees.