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prickly ash,

name for two deciduous shrubs or small trees (Zanthoxylum americanum and Z. clava-herculis) of the family Rutaceae (ruerue,
common name for various members of the family Rutaceae, a large group of plants distributed throughout temperate and tropical regions and most abundant in S Africa and Australia. Most species are woody shrubs or small trees; many are evergreen and bear spines.
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 family). They are native to E North America and have prickly twigs and foliage similar to that of the unrelated ashash,
in botany, any plant of the genus Fraxinus of the family Oleaceae (olive family), trees and shrubs mainly of north temperate regions. The ashes are characterized by small clusters of greenish flowers and by fruits with long "wings" to aid in wind dispersal.
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 tree. A pungent aromatic principle in the bark has been used as a home remedy for various ailments including rheumatism and toothaches (hence the local name toothache tree). Z. clava-herculis, of more southerly distribution, is also known as Hercules'-club. Both Hercules'-club and prickly ash are names sometimes used for an unrelated plant of the family Araliaceae (ginsengginseng
, common name for the Araliaceae, a family of tropical herbs, shrubs, and trees that are often prickly and sometimes grow as climbing forms. The true ginseng (Panax ginseng
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 family). Other Zanthoxylum species are the sources of Sichuan and Sansho peppercorns (Z. simulans and Z. piperitum, respectively) and of satinwoodsatinwood,
name for a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family).
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 (Z. flavum). Prickly ash of the genus Zanthoxylum 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 Sapindales, family Rutaceae. The family Araliaceae belongs to the order Apiales.
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prickly ash

prickly ash

These are trees in the Rue family, with sharp thorns sticking out of branches and even the trunk. Northern (30ft,10m) and Southern (45ft, 15m) Prickly Ash are examples. Anti-fungal bark is used as a stimulant, to prevent constriction of blood vessels by insulin. Provides magnoflorine for proper blood flow and xanthoxyclin for circulation. Also used for mouth, throat, stomach, pancreas, digestive system, kidneys, gas, cramping, bloating, pain. Berries used as mouthwash for toothache or powdered as toothpaste. Historically used for dysentery, colic, eruptive diseases, and as a nervous system stimulant for paralysis etc. Berries have stronger effect, but bark is more bitter, which is better for digestion, bile, stomach, liver and gallbladder. Constituents and compounds are strong, so take it easy.
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Studies have demonstrated how increased levels of herbivory by deer have altered forest compositions (Rooney, 2001; Waller and Alverson, 1997) Two of the dominant understory species, prickly ash and European buckthorn, possess a large numbers of sharp thorns (along the branches and at the tips of the branches, respectively) that can deter browsing herbivores, such as deer, and possibly confer a competitive advantage to such species in the current floodplain environment.
Redroot (Ceanothus americana), Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.), Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), Rosa rugosa (Rosa rugosa), Native Hydrangea (Hydrangea arboresens), Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginica), Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum), Gingko (Gingko biloba), Birch (Betula spp.), Willow (Salix spp.)
He also would be surrounded by prickly ash, where very likely a branch or twig would deflect my arrow.
She examined the immaculate tailoring of her suit in some horror but was fortunately distracted by the arrival of her first course of prickly ash squid with roquette and potato salad.
Nearby grow the national champion sycamore and prickly ash. In a forested place called Four Notch, Houston had blazed trails through the fireants, cardinals, dogwood, and poison ivy by cutting four notches in tree trunks.
During my successive visits, emboldened by the different combinations, I tried spicier soup bases such as the laksa, which had a curry and coconut profile; the Tom Yum, whose spicy broth I taught Peter's daughter to enhance with Black and White (Tom Yum Thansama) creamer; and Szechuan, which had mild hints of perfumy, prickly ash. The spices were all very well prepared and correct, but for those who were used to soups that were higher on the Scoville heat scale, tell the wait staff so they could customize the broth for you.
AT FIRST LIGHT, a dainty spike buck eased out of the prickly ash thicket adjacent to my stand and poked inquisitively at a fresh scrape not 10 paces from my tree.
=Contains: Water, sugars, apple juice concentrate, botanical extracts such as ginseng, bayberry bark and prickly ash bark.