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Kentucky Coffee Tree

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Praggers
1080933.  Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:46 pm Reply with quote

Can you guess what is unusual about the Kentucky Coffee Tree - apart from the obvious; that it sounds like a totally bogus wind-up?
Well, what's unusual and probably a record, is the number of leaflets that comprise each complete compound leaf - well over 80! Not only that but the leaflets are spread over 8 sub-stems, 4 on each side of the main stem plus some attached to the top & bottom of the main stem itself.
The Kentucky Coffee Tree is a member of the Pea family, which includes the Judas Tree, Yellowwood, Mount Etna Broom, Laburnum, Robinia, Rose-Acacia, Honey-Locust, Pagoda Tree and Mimosa, all of which have much simpler single-stemmed compound leaves or simple, non-compound leaves.

 
Jenny
1080999.  Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:33 am Reply with quote

Interesting, Praggers, and welcome to the forums. But why is it called the Coffee Tree?

 
Efros
1081019.  Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:20 pm Reply with quote

The beans can be used as a poor coffee substitute apparently, although they have to be roasted otherwise they're poisonous. Must be what Dunkin Donuts uses, that is a very poor coffee substitute.

 

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