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Honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Tribe: Caesalpinieae
Genus: Gleditsia

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Gleditsia /ɡlɨˈdɪtsiə/[1] (locust) is a genus of trees in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae, native to North America and Asia. The Latin name commemorates Johann Gottlieb Gleditsch, director of the Berlin Botanical Garden, who died in 1786.

There are 12 species:


Medicinal use[edit]

G. sinensis is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in Chinese herbology, where it is called zào jiá ().


  1. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607


  • Philips, Roger. Trees of North America and Europe, Random House, Inc., New York ISBN 0-394-50259-0, 1979.