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An individual instance of Maclura pomifera (osage orange)
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This tree grows in the small space between the Peabody Library service drive and the main drive west of the library.

This is a typical example of Osage orange.  Notice how the branches arch out and downward.  The inner bark has a distinctive orangish brown color.  Close examination of the twig will reveal small, sharp spines.  This tree is a male and does not produce the wierd lumpy green fruits that you may have seen elsewhere in the arboretum.

If it is true that this tree was dispersed by extinct mammals, it may have been saved from extinction by Native Americans who favored its wood for use in bows.  Later, European settlers spread it throughout the central U.S. when they planted it as thick hedges to keep in livestock - hence one of its common names: hedge apple.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 1-71.

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Maclura pomifera

(Raf.) C.K. Schneid.

sec. 1993

common name: osage orange
family: Moraceae
Identified 2002-06-11 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
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Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - male
inflorescence - whole - male 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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