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Acacia nilotica

Accepted name

Acacia nilotica (L.) Delile1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Acacia arabica (Lam.) Willd.2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9
Acacia scorpioides W. Wight9
Mimosa arabica Lam.1, 3, 7, 8, 10
Mimosa nilotica L.2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Mimosa scorpioides L.9


Tribe: Acacieae;  Genus: Acacia

Vernacular names

Acacia de Cayenne3; Babul11; Babul12; Black Piquant3; Casha3; Cassie3; Cassie a Piquants Blancs4; Fantsikasia (Madagascar)6; Goma Ar bica10; Gum Arabic Tree10; Gum Arabic Tree13; Karuvel (Tamil)14; Piquant Lulu15


Perennial non-climbing tree;  not threatened


Chemical products16; Medicine16; Wood16; Chemical products17; Domestic18; Domestic17; Domestic6; Environmental19; Forage19; Forage20; Forage17; Medicine18; Medicine17; Wood18; Wood17


Specimens from Madagascar are subsp. subalata (Vatke) Brenan.6

Geographical records

Africa:   Algeria(N)1, Angola-ISO(N)1, Botswana(N)1, Egypt(N)1, Ethiopia(N)1, Ghana(N)1, Guinea Bissau(N)1, Kenya(N)1, Libya(N)1, Malawi(N)1, Mali(N)1, Mozambique(N)1, Niger(N)21, Nigeria(N)1, Senegal(N)1, Somalia(N)1, South Africa(N)1, Sudan(N)1, Tanzania(N)1, The Gambia(N)1, Togo(N)1, Uganda(N)1, Zambia(N)1, Zimbabwe(N)1

Asia5, 7, 12, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44:   Bangladesh(N)36, China(I)7, 25, Hainan(I)7, India(N)5, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, India-ISO(N)1, Iran(N)23, Iraq(N)23, Nepal(N)32, Pakistan(N)5, Sri Lanka(I)12

Australasia45:   Australia(I)45

Australia:   Northern Territory45, Queensland45

Caribbean3, 8, 10, 13:   Antigua-Barbuda(I)3, Bahamas(I)13, Barbados(I)3, Cuba(I)8, Grenada(I)3, Guadeloupe(I)3, Martinique(I)3, Montserrat(I)3, Puerto Rico(I)10, St Lucia(I)3, St Martin-St Barthelemy(I)3

China:   Yunnan7

India:   Andhra Pradesh37, Bihar33, Dadra-Nagar-Haveli29, Delhi34, Gujarat42, Himachal Pradesh30, Jammu-Kashmir40, Karnataka26, Kerala44, Madhaya Pradesh35, Maharashtra31, Nagaland43, Orissa41, Punjab22, Rajasthan31, Tamil Nadu27, Tripura28, Uttar Pradesh38, West Bengal39

Indian Ocean4, 6, 46:   Madagascar(I)6, Mauritius(I)4, 46, Rodrigues(I)4

Middle East23:   Israel(N)23, Oman(N)23, Syria(N)23, Yemen(N)23

North America2, 47:   United States(I)2, 47

South America9:   Galapagos(I)9

United States:   California2, 47, Florida47

(N = native, I = introduced, U = uncertain status)

Habitats (for Africa only)

Zambezian woodland1; Sudanian woodland1

Literature citations

Description1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 19;  Illustration1, 6, 19


2005-04 SeneviratneGI (Sinhala & Tamil vern. names);     Coordinator: 1994 Rico ML


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3:Howard, R.A. et al. (1988) Dicotyledoneae Part 1. Fl. Lesser Antilles Arnold Arboretum
4:Polhill, R, M. (1990) Legumineuses. In: Flore des Mascareignes, Vol 80. J. Bosser et a
5:Ali, S.I. (1973) Flora of Pakistan, No. 36. Mimosaceae. Karachi: Univ. of Karachi
6:Du Puy, D.J. et al. (2002) The Leguminosae of Madagascar. RBG Kew.
7:Wu, T.L. (1988) Mimososoideae. In: Fl. Reip. Pop. Sinicae, 39 (Leguminosae 1)
8:Leon, H. & Alain, H. (1951) Flora de Cuba 2: 224-367 Leguminosas
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25:Chen, T.C. (1988) Flora Reipubl. Popular Sin. Vol. 39. Science Press. Beijing
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27:Nair, N.C. & Henry, A.N. (1983) Flora of Tamil Nadu, India Vol. 1
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29:Rao, R.S. (1985) Flora of Goa, Diu, Daman, Dadra & Nagarhaveli Vol 1
30:Chowdhery, H.J. & Wadhwa, B.M. (1984) Flora of Himachal Pradesh Vol. 1
31:Chakrabarty T, Gangopadhyay M (1996) The genus Acacia. J. Econ. Taxon Bot. 20: 599-633
32:Shrestha, K.K. (1998) Revised checklist of the Legumes of Nepal (manuscript)
33:Varma, S.K. (1981) Flora of Bhagalpur. Dicotyledons
34:Maheshwari, J.K. (1963) The Flora of Delhi
35:Singh, A.N. (1993) In: Verma, D.M. & al. (Eds.) Flora of Madhya Pradesh, Vol. 1.
36:Khatun, R.B. (1987) Tree Legumes of Bangladesh
37:Pullaiah, T. & Yesoda, N. (1989) Flora of Anantapur District (Andhra Pradesh, India)
38:Sharma, A.K. & Dhakre, J.S. (1995) Flora of Agra District. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.
39:Bennet, S.S.R. (1979) Flora of Howrah District, Int. Book Distributors, New Delhi
40:Sharma, B.M. & Kachroo, P. (1979) Flora of Jammu & Plants of Neibourhood, Vol. 1.
41:Haines, H.H. (1922) The Botany of Bihar & Orissa, Part 3. London.
42:Bole, P.V. et al. (1962) Flora of Saurashtra, Part 1. Calcutta.
43:Clarke, C.B. (1889) J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 25: 1-107. On the plants of Kohima...
44:Vajravelu, E. (1990) Flora of Palghat Distr. including Silent Valley Nat. Park.
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47:Isely, D. (1998) Native & naturalized Leg. of the USA. Brigham Young Univ. Utah

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