Hercules'-club, common name for several small, thorny trees, chiefly the devil's-walking-stick of the family Aralaceae ( ginseng family) and the prickly ash of the family Rutaceae ( orange family). The families are classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, orders Apiales and Sapindales, respectively.
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