One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prickly angelica tree native to the eastern US.
Aralia spinosa, family AraliaceaeAlso called Hercules' club
- ‘It is sometimes confused in the literature with its eastern cousin, Aralia spinosa, also known as devil's club or devil's walking stick.’
- ‘Among the trees found there are eastern redbud, black gum, sumac, mockernut hickory, cherry laurel and the devil's walking stick.’
- ‘Bradley routinely drives down Dominion Boulevard in Chesapeake, where he sees lots of devil's walking stick trees growing alongside the highway.’
- ‘That's certainly true when it comes to tara-no-ki, which I've seen called devil's walking stick in English, and its horny, spiny, prickly and jaggy companions.’
- ‘The common name of Aralia spinosa L., the devil's walking stick, arises from observations that the majority of plants of this species are composed of a single axis, heavily armed with prickles.’
- ‘A favorite spot in the woodland is a dell where paperbark maple, umbrella pine, dawn redwood, and devil's walking stick flourish.’
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