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Osage Orange, Prague Zoo, Czech Republic

Observed: 20th November 2011 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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Found this small tree in Prague Zoo last week. Have seen it in the UK, but never fruiting like this, the whole tree was smothered with these large fruits the size of oranges. According to W. J. Bean Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles it rarely fruits in the UK.The fruits are quite inedible. In America, where it is native it is used for hedging,and the springy wood was used by the native Indians to make bows, hence the common name of "Bow Wood".

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