Entry Detail

Gleditsia tricanthos L.
honey locust


Entry Type:  
Species
Scientific Name:  
Gleditsia tricanthos L.
Common Name:  
honey locust
Myaamia Name:  
akaawinšaahkwa
Description:  

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Pease, T. C. and R. C. Werner 1934 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 . . . ".

Pease, T. C. and R. C. Werner 1934 Description 

 "There is another tree which has branches filled with thorns as long as one's fingers. It also has pods which are not so big nor so long, they are full of little beans which are very hard."

Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900 Related Info 

 "kawĭnjakwa, honey locust, thorn tree"

Botanical Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. and Cronquist, A. 1991 Habitat

Occurs in rich, moist woods in the southern portions of eastern, and throughout western Myaamia lands, and cultivated in many other areas.

Related Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Blair, E 1911  

Algonquians play the game of straws with seeds, probably taken from the honey locust tree or Kentucky coffee-tree.

Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900  

The Miami-Illinois term "akaawia" means thorn.