Also called thorny locust.

Honey locust have large tough seedpods, which contain sweet pulp and large seeds, with a thick waterproof coating that needs to be cut or abraded before germination.  This seed protection probably evolved with, and to be spread by, mammoth or camel.  After the Holocene extinction removed large herbivorous megafauna, poor seed-dispersal caused the plant's range to decline to the central 🇺🇸 USA.  Lately, cattle may have taken the role as seed disperser.[1]

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

[1] The Trees That Miss The Mammoths by Whit Bronaugh retrieved 2016-12-06 by EP.

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