Robinia pseudoacacia L.

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Common names

Black locust (United States, Australia).

Description

Tree which can grow to a height of 12 to 15 m but often forms dense thorny thickets from root suckers. Leaves consist of several rounded, rather thin, dull green leaflets; flowers white, pea-shaped; pods fairly large, dark brown or almost black (Everist, 1969).

Distribution

United States, South Africa, Australia.

Characteristics

Leaves and pods are edible and can be toxic if eaten in excess (Jurriaanse, 1950; Everist, 1969). Everist does not recommend planting this species.