Umbrella Thorn

Acacia tortilis

Height: Up to 21m
Family: Fabaceae
Fruit: Seed pods

The Umbrella Thorn Acacia is native to the savannahs of Africa and is common in the Serengeti. However, this photo was taken in the Ruaha National Park, Tanzania.

As the name suggests, it is "umbrella-shaped". The flowers are white and appear in clusters. They are very aromatic. It has both hooked and straight thorns. It is very tolerant to drought.

This tree is widely used for a number of purposes - wood for furniture, foliage and seeds for animal fodder, sap for Gum Arabic.






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