Senegalia laeta

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Senegalia laeta
Acacia laeta ms 2460.jpg
Senegalia laeta on a hill near Djibo, Burkina Faso
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Senegalia
Species: S. laeta
Binomial name
Senegalia laeta
(R. Br. ex Benth.) Seigler & Ebinger
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Range of Senegalia laeta
Synonyms

Acacia laeta R. Br. ex Benth.

Senegalia laeta is a legume found in the family Fabaceae. It was formerly included in the genus Acacia.

Description[edit]

It is a perennial shrub or tree growing to a height of 4-10m. Its flowers are yellow to creamy white and they appear near the end of the rainiest part of the year.[1]

Distribution[edit]

Senegalia laeta is native to Africa, including the Sahara, the Middle East, and Western Asia.[2][3]

Uses[edit]

Parts of the tree are used for dyestuff.[1]

The tree is used for fodder; the foliage and seed pods make good forage for livestock and the tree stands up well to this use.[1]

It produces an edible gum. [1]

Water and heat are used to extract tannin from the tree's bark for use in tanning hides.[1]

The wood is used for fuel, charcoal and domestic construction. It is used to make wooden posts for fences.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f AgroForestryTree Database
  2. ^ "Senegalia laeta (as Acacia laeta)". Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ ILDIS LegumeWeb

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