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Acacia species

Mimosaceae or Leguminosae (Fabaceae), subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia, Catclaw acacia, Egyptian thorn, Mimosa, Prairie acacia, Wattle

The genus Acacia includes about 800 species, which are mostly tropical shrubs and trees. The genus is very similar to the genus Mimosa, with many species having been reassigned from one genus to the other, creating synonomous epithets.


NewCROP has Acacia information at:

Acacia in Australia: Ethnobotany and Potential Food Crop. Lister, P.R., P. Holford, T. Haigh, and D.A. Morrison. 1996. p. 228-236. In: J. Janick (ed.), Progress in New Crops. ASHS Press, Alexandria, VA.


The following in-depth articles on Acacia species are from from Handbook of Energy Crops. James A. Duke. 1984. (unpublished).


And outside links to more Acacia info:

Hundreds of Acacia photographs from the Australian National Botanic Gardens Photograph Collection


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