Fascinatingly repellent

DAY 145 (28 AUGUST) – Honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) (Vejer de la Frontera)

Gosh. Where to start with this one? If it’s berry season in the UK, it seems to be pod season here.

From a distance these twisted legumes look like snakes hanging out (in the literal sense) at siesta time. On closer inspection they reminded me of giant squid tentacles or rows of unbrushed teeth. They’re nothing if not eye-catching.

I’m not clear why this tree is called honey locust (also three-thorn acacia by the way), but it’s common in Spain, France, Italy and Germany – though not seen in the UK.

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