Black Locust

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, in botany
locust, in botany, any species of the genus Robinia, deciduous trees or shrubs of the family Leguminosae (pulse family) native to the United States and Mexico. The locusts have pendent clusters of flowers similar to the sweet pea; these are very fragrant in the black, or yellow, locust (R. pseudoacacia), which is the common locust, sometimes also called acacia, or false acacia. This species has been widely planted in the past for ornamental purposes, for erosion control, and for its useful wood, but the locust borer has killed it in many areas. Its heavy, hard, durable wood has been used extensively for treenails in shipbuilding, for fence posts, for turning, and for fuel. The shoots and bark of the black locust are poisonous. The honey locust belongs to a different genus of this family, as does the carob, which is thought to have been the biblical locust. Locust is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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Black Locust


(in Russian, white acacia), false acacia {Robinia pseudpacacia), a tree of the family Leguminosae, often grown in the south of the USSR.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

locust, black locust, red locust

Wood of the locust tree; coarse-grained, strong, hard, decay-resistant, and durable; used in construction, esp. for posts.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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BLACK LOCUST FRITTERS A traditional dish in Europe, these fritters are often made with a beer batter.
For those looking to go black locust all the way, Tonnellerie Billon, represented by Bouchard Cooperages, now offers barrels fabricated with 100% seasoned French acacia wood from the Burgundy region.
A botanical classification was considered to be achieved when the pollen spectra contained even less than 20% in black locust honey.
The speciality literature comprises very little data concerning the wear resistance of wood species (Comsa, 2001), the study purpose being focused on the determination of this parameter for black locust wood harvested from two different geographical areas from Romania.
Finally, LaFleur and I came to the invasive plant jail, where marauding foreign species such as Norway maple, black locust and Japanese honeysuckle do time in wooden cages.
The forest cover is mixed, primarily consisting of maples (Acer), European black alder (Alnus glutinosa), black locust (Robinia pseudo-acacia), tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata), sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), and red oak (Quercus rubra).
For other species, such as the black locust tree (Robinia pseudoacacia), there is evidence that they lived in Ontario before the last Ice Age but haven't had time to get back here again naturally just yet.
Once the operation has been completed, the re-established land is giving the timber industry the opportunity to test new fast-growing energy crops - particularly Black Locust.
Tulip poplars and black locust trees also make a fine honey.
In 1991, Feldhake planted neat rows of black locust trees into a pasture and let sheep and goats graze there periodically.
Wind pushed at the trees without a sound and the scent of black locust and new hay discs blew across the fields.