Acacia (Acacia farnesiana or Vachellia farnesiana)

Acacia (Acacia farnesiana or Vachellia farnesiana)Acacia (also known as Needle Bush) is a spreading, usually short tree with spines and alternate compound leaves. Its individual leaflets are small. Its flowers are ball-shaped, bright yellow, and very fragrant. Its bark is a whitish-gray color. Its fruits are dark brown and podlike.

The Acacia plantWhere to Find: Acacia grows in open, sunny areas. It is found throughout all tropical regions. NOTE: There are about 500 species of acacia. These plants are especially prevalent in Africa, southern Asia, and Australia, but many species are found in the warmer and drier parts of America.

Edible Parts: Its young leaves, flowers, and pods are edible raw or cooked.

Other Uses: The bark is often used for its tannin content.  A black pigment in the bark and fruit can be used for dye or ink.

Acacia seeds

Acacia in the wild

Acacia seedpods and bright yellow flowers

Acacia in arid landscape

Full view of flowered Acacia tree

Acacia drawing of plant stem, seeds, and seedpods

Closeup of Acacia leaves and flowers