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Acacia nilotica

Acacia nilotica is a species of Acacia (wattle) native to Africa and the Indian subcontinent. It is also currently an invasive species of significant concern in Australia. This shrub or tree can grow to 12 m high and has a smooth bark. It loves to grow on  floodplains, often near creeks, streams, dams or bores, on cleared land or roadsides.

Acacia nilotica has many different uses around the world. African Maasai for example are intoxicated by the bark and root mixture, said to impart courage, even aphrodisia, and the root is said to cure impotence. In Lebanon, the resin is mixed with orange-flower infusion for typhoid recovery and in Tonga, the root is used to treat tuberculosis.


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