Honey Locust
Gleditsia triacanthos L.

OTHER COMMON NAMES Three-Thorne locust, three-spiked locust
ORDER Fabales
CLASS Magnoliopsida
DIVISION Magnoliophyta

It is native to the Centre and East North America. It was introduced in Europe in the year 1700. Then, it was taken to the rest of America and Chile.
It is a deciduous tree, ovoid; it reaches a height of 20-25 metres. It has thorns in its trunk and branches (except the higher parts) Cracked and greyish-brown bark. Its branches are very well distributed. It has alternate leaves have a length of 10-20 cm with 9 -21 oblanceolate clusters and rounded in its apex. They are dark green and downy.
Its flowers are perfumed and melliferous. They are distributed in very closed bunches and appear in late spring. Its fruit is a flat and indehiscent legume (a pod) of a length of 30-45 cm. Sometimes it is curly; it is dark-brown and can stay the whole winter fixed to the tree. There are 15-20 inside the pod, very similar to the Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) The Honey locust grows fast and can reach a height of 20 metres in less than 40 years.