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Acacia polyacantha

Acacia polyacantha

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. polyacantha
Binomial name
Acacia polyacantha
  • 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 perennial 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]


Repellant uses

The root emits chemical compounds that repel animals including rats and crocodiles.[2]


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]


The bark is useful for tanning.[2]


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



  1. ^ a b ILDIS LegumeWeb(ILDIS)
  2. ^ a b c d e PlantzAfrica
  3. ^ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  4. ^ ILDIS LegumeWeb Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha
  5. ^ ILDIS LegumeWeb Acacia polyacantha subsp. polyacantha

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