Herculesí-club Prickly Ash
Xanthoxylum clava-herculis L. (Rutaceae)

Common Names
Herculesí-club prickly ash, Herculesclub, pepper wood, pricklyash, shrubby pricklyash, southern pricklyash, toothache tree, wild orange.

A shrub or small tree 5 to 10 feet in height. Leaves are alternate, compound with 5 to 11 leaflets. Stems and petioles are often prickly. Flowers are greenish-white, small, and inconspicuous. Fruit is a reddish, globular to elliptic aromatic capsule, with sharp prickles.

Flowering Period
April to May.

Sand hills, dry woods, and thickets.

Bark collected in spring and fall when ripe.

This plant has been used as a sudorific and diaphoretic.

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