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If I were to give an award for the most goth ever, it would have to go to the Honey Locust. Those huge thorns are like eyeliner for woody plants.

They also qualify as "invasive" (kind of a rude term) in many areas but the wood is beautiful and quite hard. The thorns are so tough that some traditional craftspeople used them as peg-nails.

Also, the current theory is that the thorns evolved during the last big ice age to protect them from tree-munching mastodon!

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@praxeology and if we were to give an award for the best metaphor about tree aesthetics...
"eyeliner for woody plants" 🏅

@praxeology this is the content I signed up for! natural hostile design!

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