Kālōklōk ( Caesalpinia bonduc - Fabaceae)

Description: This sprawling, prickly shrub or high-climbing vine has compound leaves, clusters of yellowish flowers, and thorny pods containing 1-2 glossy gray seeds about the size of marbles.

Distribution: Kālōklōk, which means "thorns" or "brambles," is found in many tropical areas around the world and is widespread in the Pacific. This plant and another closely related species (Caesalpinia major) are found on some atolls in the Marshall Islands.

Uses: Parts of Kālōklōk are sometimes use for flower leis, wreaths and other decorative purposes. However, some may consider this plant to be a pest, especially where it forms thickets, because the small hooked thorns easily rip clothing and skin.

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