Acacia confusa

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Acacia confusa
Acacia confusa-01.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. confusa
Binomial name
Acacia confusa
Range of Acacia confusa

Acacia confusa is a perennial tree native to South-East Asia. Some common names for it are Acacia Petit Feuille, Small Philippine Acacia, Formosa Acacia (Taiwan Acacia) and Formosan Koa. It grows to a height of 15 m. The tree has become very common in many tropical Pacific areas, including Hawaii, where the species is considered invasive.[2]


Its uses include chemical products, environmental management and food and drink. The bark may be ground into a powder and saturated into water to create a tea, or may be spread onto various foods as a spice and taste enhancer. The wood has a density of about 0.75 g/cm³.[3] In Taiwan, its wood is used to make support beams for underground mines. The wood is also converted to charcoal for family use. The plant is used in traditional medicine[4] and is available from herbal medicine shops (草藥店) in Taiwan, but there has been no clinical study to support its effectiveness. It is also frequently used as a durable flooring material.


Phytochemicals found in Acacia confusa:

Root bark[edit]



  • N-methyltryptamine, 0.04%[5]
  • N,N-dimethyltryptamine, 0.01%[5]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ International Legume Database & Information Service (ILDIS)
  2. ^ Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER)
  3. ^ FAO Appendix 1
  4. ^ Li, Thomas S. C. Taiwanese Native Medicinal Plants: Phytopharmacology and Therapeutic Values, CRC Press (2006), ISBN 0-8493-9249-7, p.2. online GoogleBooks preview
  5. ^ a b c d e Lycaeum

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