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Black locust, False acacia

Robinia pseudacacia L.

Family: Fabaceae

Name justification:
The name of the genus is dedicated to Jean Robin (16th and 17th centuries). He was the gardener of the King of France and planted the first specimen in Paris, nowadays growing at the Botanic Garden of this city.
The specific adjective is composed by the prefix pseud-, false and the term acacia, the name of a very similar tree. In short: false acacia.

Common name: Black locust, False acacia
Description: Tall tree
Leaf: Decidious Broad Compound Imparipinnate

Origin and distribution:
It comes from the Atlantic coast of the United States of America: from Pennsylvania to Georgia. It has grown wild in many European countries, including some northern Iberian regions. It has not grown wild in Galicia, but there are some ancient specimens growing in places where it was cultivated as an ornamental plant.

Location in the garden:
There are two specimens symmetrically located at both sides of the staircase leading to the Monument to Ventura Figueroa, an alignment at the playpen and a small group at the threshing floor nearby the Faculty of Chemistry.

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