The anomalous Kentucky coffeetree: megafaunal fruit sinking to extinction?

@article{Zaya2009TheAK,
  title={The anomalous Kentucky coffeetree: megafaunal fruit sinking to extinction?},
  author={David N. Zaya and Henry F. Howe},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2009},
  volume={161},
  pages={221-226}
}
The Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus, Fabaceae) is an ecological paradox. A rare tree in nature in eastern and central North America, G. dioicus produces legumes that are only known to be dispersed by water, but appear similar to fruits consumed and dispersed by elephants and rhinoceros. One would expect the pods to be consumed by livestock, but the pulp and seeds are toxic to cattle and sheep. We examine the puzzle of G. dioicus dispersal in light of its other reproductive and life… 

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