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Location: Hopkinsville, KY (Western KY) Zone 7
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Hello, it's been a while since I've been here, but I know of no other better community to reach out to. I need help with an identification.

I have this... plant that grows on my place quite abundantly. It looks like a tree sapling, but it has no branches or leaves. None. There are small thorns that protrude from it, but that's about it. There does appear to be so segments, possibly growth segments.

I have not been able to find anything, anywhere. Of course, I included so pictures.

I always see them on the woods, never where it's completely open. I've seen them as tall as 8 feet, but never more than an inch and a half in diameter. They grow up on hills and in low areas, dry and semi wet.

Any ideas or info?

Edit: I am in western Kentucky, zone 6-7 depending on the map.
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Howdy Jon!

Looks to me like the Devil's Walking Stick, Aralia spinosa.
 
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I'm pretty sure Cody has it right, here's a short article on the Devil's Walking stick.

http://www.indefenseofplants.com/blog/2016/8/24/the-devils-walking-stick

In bloom, from the article above.



If memory serves, it was once used for constipation.
 
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Thank you guys for the quick identification. I suppose I've never seen it with leaves or in bloom. I just bought my place in August so I didn't get much time yo look around. Also, I read older plants aren't as spiny, which is what I've been looking for. Thanks again.
 
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