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    Mystery Tree??

    Hopefully, I have correctly figured out how to add an image of a tree. It has these knob-like projections on the trunk and at the end of each knob-like thing there is a small and sharp thorn.





    http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/4...rntreeni0.jpg\

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    RE: Mystery Tree??

    The name escapes me - read about it last year.

    Seems that it was in the Acacia group.

    A customer who had traveled, emailed a similar image, and I had to go find help too

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    RE: Mystery Tree??

    Close, md...Aralia, I bet

    http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/shrub/zacl.htm

    Devil's Club, Hercules' Club, Toothache tree....bet that is it - wicked looking trunk!

    Alex

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    RE: Mystery Tree??

    It could easily be the fairly common Hercules' club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) especially if you are in the south, but their are a few others in the Genus Zanthoxylum it could be that also has bark like that.
    Your location would help narrow it down. And if there are any leaves left post those also.

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    Re: RE: Mystery Tree??

    Quote Originally Posted by treeman
    It could easily be the fairly common Hercules' club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) especially if you are in the south, but their are a few others in the Genus Zanthoxylum it could be that also has bark like that.
    Your location would help narrow it down. And if there are any leaves left post those also.
    Sorry, I don't have any leaves. I was out geocaching with a friend when we discovered this tree. The location would be near Russellville, Arkansas if that helps narrow it down. It was the only tree like this in the area. The others were oaks and pines, mainly.

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    RE: Mystery Tree??

    Given the location it should likely be 95 to 100% a: Hercules' club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis)

    The other that looks very similar but not as common in AR is: Common prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum). There are some Common prickly ash close to Russellville, Arkansas about 20 to 30 miles away in other counties but none reported or ever seen naturally in Pope county AR.
    Only Hercules' club is seen and reported naturally in Pope county AR.

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    RE: Mystery Tree??

    I bet there *were* others, though younger possibly, as it can take awhile to get the noticeable 'points' on the bark. I have come across numerous of these 'hiking' E OK/AK/TX with only a few showing much of the namesake pointy-parts.

    Could be the one(s) treeman listed or the following:

    Aralia spinosa http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1658/

    They are both ~from the area there, pretty much anyways, and in today's world and the huge number of growers/nurseries around these parts -> no way to localize by 'nativeness'.

    Gotta have leaves/fruits, LOL... But they all hurt, huh???

    Alex

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    Re: RE: Mystery Tree??

    Quote Originally Posted by treeman
    Given the location it should definitely be: Hercules' club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis)

    The other that looks very similar but not as common in AR is: Common prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum). There are some Common prickly ash close to Russellville, Arkansas about 20 to 30 miles away in other counties but none reported or ever seen in Pope county AR.
    Only Hercules' club is seen and reported in Pope county AR.

    After looking at pictures of both the Common prickly ash and Hercules' club, the tree is definitely Hercules' club. Thanks so much for all of the help identifying this tree. It was definitely one of a kind for me.

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