Acacia polyacantha

Acacia polyacantha
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. polyacantha
Binomial name
Acacia polyacantha
Willd.[1]
Synonyms
  • Acacia catechu sensu Griseb.
  • Acacia catechu auct. non L.
  • Acacia suma (Roxb.) Voigt
  • Gagnebina tamariscina sensu Bojer
  • Mimosa suma Roxb.
  • Senegalia suma (Roxb.) Britton & Rose

Acacia polyacantha, also known as White Thorn is a flowering tree which can grow up to 25m tall. Polyacantha has the meaning "many thorns" in Latin.[2] The tree is native to Africa, India, the Indian Ocean and Asia, but it has also been introduced to the Caribbean.[1]

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Uses

Repellent uses

The root of Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Brenan emits chemical compounds that repel animals including rats, snakes and crocodiles.[2]

Gum

The tree's gum is used in the manufacture of candy.[2]

Medicinal purposes

A. polycantha's roots and perhaps its bark have medicinal uses. The root extract is useful for snakebites and is applied to wash the skin of children who are agitated at night time.[2]

Tannin

The bark is useful for tanning.[2]

Wood

The tree's primary use is for wood.[3]

Subspecies


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