hedge balls

Darin Burleigh burleigh at hackberry.chem.niu.edu
Fri Oct 17 15:39:20 EST 1997

explorer at isd.net wrote:
> Can anyone give information on Subject, or tell me where to go to get info.
> Understand is a product of California.
> Thanks.
> Explorer

Are you referring to osage oranges? aka hedge apples?
aka ugly fruit?
fruit is are big bright green balls, with 'brain-like' folds.
if so, I think the latin name is Maclura. my understanding is
they were originally native to US southwest, grown by farmers
as fencing.

 - darin
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