RE: NANFA-- Sort of off topic: osage orange

D. Martin Moore (
Fri, 4 May 2001 14:25:56 -0500

On 4 May 2001, at 14:09, Denkhaus, Robert wrote:

> Martin,
> I might be able to help you out later when the trees produce fruit
> (September-October). I believe though that the species is cultivated and
> may be available from some of the bigger native plant producers. Try a
> search under its latin name (Maclura pomifera) or any of the vernacular
> names you mentionned although I think that "bowdock" may be a phonetic
> spelling of its French name, Bois D'arc which means bow-wood and refers to
> the fact that the Osage Indians used it to make their bows. If you can't
> find any and are still looking come fall, send me a reminder. They are easy
> to come by if I can beat the squirrels and feral hogs to them.

Thanks for the info, Robert. The seeds are somewhat expensive if
obtained through commercial channels, hence I am trying to do
some type of "in kind" trade arrangement :-)


Jackson, MS

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