This plant, closely related botanically to marijuana (but possessing no hallucinogenic properties), was often planted by settlers in hedge rows. Branches have thorns, but the most distinctive feature is the large ball-shaped fruit with its convoluted brain-like surface. These fruits have natural insecticidal properties. Individual plants of this species produce male only, female only, or male and female flowers. This plant is native to Texas and Arkansas. The wood is extremely hard and is used in archery equipment.