Species Detail

Gleditsia tricanthos L.
Honey locust

Scientific Name:  
Gleditsia tricanthos L.
Common Name:  
Honey locust
Myaamia Name:  
Harvest Seasons:  
Summer, Fall
Beech-Maple Forest, Oak Forest including Oak-Hickory, Beech-Oak-Maple Mixed Mesophytic
Growth Forms:  

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Gleditsia tricanthos L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Pease, Theodore Calvin and Raymond C. Werner 1934 Description  "There is another tree which has branches filled with thorns as long as ones fingers. It also has pods which are not so big nor so long; they are full of little beans which are very hard."
Deliette, L. 1702 Use - Material  "At night most of the men; seated like dogs on mats of round reeds; play with straws. For markers they use the little beans which I have mentioned; which grow on the thorny trees;" "They have perhaps five or six hundred of these beans; some of which they stake on each play . . . "
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Use - Unknown  "kawinjakwa; honey locust; thorn tree"
Botanical Sources  
Gleditsia tricanthos L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   Occurs in rich; moist woods in the southern portions of eastern; and throughout western Miami lands; and cultivated in many other areas
Related Sources  
Gleditsia tricanthos L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Blair, E 1911   Algonquians play the game of straws with seeds; probably taken from the Honey locust tree or Kentucky coffee-tree. "Sometimes they play [the game of straws] with seeds which grow on the trees; which clsoely resemble little beans"
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900   The Miami-Illinois term "akaawia" means thorn