Senegalia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha

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Senegalia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha
Acacia polyacantha, habitus, Walter Sisulu NBT.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Senegalia
S. p. subsp. campylacantha
Trinomial name
Senegalia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha
(Hochst. ex. A.Rich.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Range of S. p. subsp. campylacantha
  • Acacia caffra var. campylacantha (A.Rich.) Aubrev.
  • Acacia campylacantha A.Rich.
  • Acacia catechu subsp. suma (Roxb.) Roberty
  • Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha (Hochst. ex. A.Rich.) Brenan

Senegalia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha is a perennial tree native to Africa. Common names for it are whitethorn and witdoring.[2] It is not listed as being a threatened species. Its uses include wood and medicine.[1]


Repellent uses[edit]

The root emits chemical compounds that repel animals including crocodiles, snakes and rats.[3][4]

Medicinal purposes[edit]

Root extract of S. polycantha is useful for snakebites and is applied to wash the skin of children who are agitated at night time.[3]


The tree is good for using as firewood, but its thorns complicate its use.[4] The tree's heartwood has a density of about 705 kg/m³.[5]


  1. ^ a b ILDIS LegumeWeb
  2. ^ "Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Acacia polyacantha". Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  4. ^ a b "Species Information". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  5. ^ FAO