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Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha

Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. polyacantha
Trinomial name
Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha

Range of Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha
  • Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd. var. campylacantha (A.Rich.)Aubrev.
  • Acacia campylacantha A. Rich.
  • Acacia catechu (L. f.) Willd. subsp. suma (Roxb.)Roberty[1]

Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha is a perennial tree native to Africa. Common names for it are Whitethorn and Witdoring.[2] It is not listed as being a threatened species. Its uses include wood and medicine.[1]



Repellant uses

The root emits chemical compounds that repel animals including crocodiles, snakes and rats.[3][4]

Medicinal purposes

A. polycantha's root extract is useful for snakebites and is applied to wash the skin of children who are agitated at night time.[3]


The tree is good for using as firewood, but its thorns complicate its use.[4] The tree's heartwood has a density of about 705 kg/m³.[5]


  1. ^ a b ILDIS LegumeWeb
  2. ^ USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
  3. ^ a b PlantzAfrica
  4. ^ a b World AgroForestry Centre
  5. ^ FAO
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