Zanthoxylum americanum (Pricklyash)

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Xanthoxylum Fraxineum (Prickly)This indigenous shrub has a stem ten or twelve feet high, with alternate branches, which are armed with strong conical prickles.  The leaves are alternate and pinnate, leaflets ovate and acute.  The flowers are small, greenish, and appear before the leaves.  The fruit is an oval capsule, varying from green to red in color.

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