Female Inflorescence of the Osage-Orange

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An illustration of a branch from an osage-orange plant with female inflorescence. Osage-orange, Horse-apple or Bois D’Arc (Maclura pomifera) is dioeceous plant species, with male and female flowers on different plants. It is a small deciduous tree or large shrub, typically growing to 8–15 metres (26–49 ft) tall. The fruit, a multiple fruit, is roughly spherical, but bumpy, and 7-15 cm in diameter, and it is filled with a sticky white latex sap. In fall, its color turns a bright yellow-green and it has a faint odor similar to that of oranges


Fruit, Trees: O-P


The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1889)


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