Gleditsia aquatica

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Gleditsia aquatica
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Gleditsia
G. aquatica
Binomial name
Gleditsia aquatica
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Gleditsia aquatica, commonly called water locust or swamp locust after its habitat of river swamps and slough margins, is a tree native to the Southeastern United States and adjacent regions.


Gleditsia aquatica often grows 50 to 60 feet. It is commonly found in swamps and prefers partial sun.

Like the other plants in its family (Fabaceae) it produces a flat legume (pod). However, these pods usually only hold one seed.

The leaves are usually simple-compounded, but sometimes appears Acacia .[?]

Range and habitat[edit]

This water locust is found mainly in the southern regions of the United States. It is native to the Southeast, from Florida west to eastern Texas, north to Illinois. It can be found as far north as Ohio, southern New York and southwestern Connecticut. It is hardy to zones 6–9.

Natural hybrids have been found to occur where G. aquatica overlaps with the range of Gleditsia triacanthos. [2]


  1. ^ Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group.; Meave, J.A. (2019). "Gleditsia aquatica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T136789522A136789524. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T136789522A136789524.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ Schneck, J. (1904). "HYBRIDIZATION IN THE HONEY LOCUST". The Plant World. 7 (10): 252–253. ISSN 0096-8307.

External links[edit]

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