|Range of Acacia horrida|
Acacia horrida is a low spreading shrub or sometimes tree native to both the wet and dry scrublands of tropical to subtropical East Africa. Common names for it are Cape Gum and Dev-Babul. It is also found elsewhere in Africa, Asia, India and South America. It frequently has stipular spines 9.5 cm long. A. horrida is an important browse plant in the tropics, particularly during the dry season.
Acacia horrida is used as forage for livestock, for its wood and for fuel. Because of its huge thorns, it makes an excellent protective hedge. It used to be the most important tree for the tanning industry in South Africa, but extract from its bark leaves the leather with a rather bad smell. The tree produces good gum, but it is yellowish in color.
- Acacia horrida (L.) Willd. subsp. benadirensis (Chiov.)Hillc. & Brenan
- Acacia horrida (L.) Willd. subsp. horrida
- ILDIS LegumeWeb
- Dharani, Najma (2006-01). Field Guide to Acacias of East Africa. Struik Publishers. ISBN 1-77007-174-1.
- Google Books Select Extra-tropical Plants Readily Eligible for Industrial Culture Or Naturalization By Ferdinand von Mueller
- Getachew, G.; H. P. S. Makkar, and K. Becker (2002). "Tropical browses: contents of phenolic compounds, in vitro gas production and stoichiometric relationship between short chain fatty acid and in vitro gas production". Journal of Agricultural Sciences (Cambridge University Press) 139: 341–352.
- Madras Naturalists' Society[dead link]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to:|
|This article on a tree of the Fabaceae family is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|