Hercules’ club – Zanthoxylum clava-herculis

This member of the Citrus family can be found in fields & other areas of sandy or rocky ground.  The bark is very interesting with its knotty protuberances in pyramidal form.  The odd-looking trunk earns the tree its name.  The leaves contain a compound that Native Americans used to control pain.  The leaves were chewed in order to relieve toothaches & gum pain.  Birds love to consume the fruit, & thereby help distribute this tree.