What Is Acacia?


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Acacia is the name of a genus of shrubs and trees. It is a genus of Gondwanian origin and is a member of the subfamily Mimosoideae of the Pea Family Fabaceae. The plants of this genus are generally native to Africa and are known for their thorns on their limbs. This genus was first described by Carolus Linnaeus a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist. Thorntrees and wattles are the other names of the Acacias.

This genus consists of more than 1300 species which are spread all over the world of which 950 species are found in Australia itself while the rest are found in places like Africa, Asia and the Americas. The plants of this genus are known as Wattles in Australia while it is known as Acacias in Africa and Americas. These plants have several industrial and medicinal uses. It is also used as an ornamental plant in gardens. Acacia seeds are an ingredient in several culinary dishes.

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