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Monday, July 4, 2011

Scented Thorn (Acacia nilotica)

Acacia is part of the Mimosoideae family and are easily recognized by their leaves. This family includes the Albizia and Mimosa species.
They are very tall trees and can reach 10m in height and occurs in types or wodland, frequently forming thickets.
The wood is reddish and is only used for firewood and fence post.
A decoction of the bark is used for coughs and the trees exude a good quality gum which is edible.

The pods are fruity scented and much sought after by game and cattle.
The early settlers to this country are said to have made ink from the black pods.

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