Acacia confusa

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Acacia confusa
Acacia confusa-01.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Clade: Mimosoideae
Genus: Acacia
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.[3]


The wood has a density of about 0.75 g/cm³.[4] In Taiwan, its wood was 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[5] 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.

Acacia confusa habit
Acacia confusa leaves and pods
Acacia confusa seeds


Phytochemicals found in Acacia confusa:

Root bark[edit]



  • N-Methyltryptamine, 0.04%[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ World Conservation Monitoring Centre (1998). "Acacia richii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 1998. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  2. ^ "ILDIS LegumeWeb (version 10)". Retrieved May 21, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Acacia confusa risk assessment". Retrieved May 21, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Appendix 1 - List of wood densities for tree species from tropical America, Africa, and Asia". Retrieved May 21, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ a b c Arthur, HR; Loo, SN; Lamberton, JA (1967). "Nb-Methylated tryptamines and other constituents of Acacia confusa Merr. Of Hong Kong". Australian Journal of Chemistry. 20 (4): 811. doi:10.1071/CH9670811.
  7. ^ Quereshi, M.Yasin; Pilbeam, David J.; Evans, Christine S.; Bell, E.Arthur (1977). "The neurolathyrogen, α-amino-β-oxalylaminopropionic acid in legume seeds". Phytochemistry. 16 (4): 477. doi:10.1016/S0031-9422(00)94332-2.

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