quick botany question

I was looking up “quince” on wikipedia, and got sidetracked to the page on bael fruit, which contained the following paragraph:

“Bael is the only member of the monotypic genus Aegle. It is a mid-sized, slender, aromatic, armed, gum-bearing tree growing up to 18 meters tall.”

In this context, does “armed” mean it has thorns? Or what? Thanks.
(yes, I’m leaving this query wide open for Rambo jokes. You’re welcome.:slight_smile: )

Yes, in botany “armed” means it has thorns or spines.

Glossary of botanical terms.

Thanks, Colibri.

Here’s another question: The article goes on to say that the leaves and shoots are used in salads. I’ve put several unusual leaves in salads (nasturtium, dandelion, geranium, arugula), but offhand, I can’t think of any ** tree leaves** that I’ve eaten in salad; unless you count hearts of palm, but that was on pizza.

Does anyone know if this means that the leaves are soft and easy to chew? I don’t really think of tree leaves that way.

bay leaves and curry leaves… are probably tree leaves… mountain pepper maybe…