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Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera)


The Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera) is a member of the mulberry family (Moraceae), and is best known by children for its bumpy greenish fruits that are much better for throwing than for eating. The tree is native to the Osage Indian country in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Because of its thorny nature, the Osage-orange was planted extensively for fencing on the Eastern Shore and in many other places before the invention of barbed wire.

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