Acacia senegal

Gum Acacia, Gum Arabic Tree

In Stock: 2.438 lb (Total:2.438lb)
  • Acacia senegal

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2.44 lb


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Cut (Full Seed)
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2.44 lb
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England (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), United Kingdom

Growing Info

Scarification: Pour boiling water over seed , let cool in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil

Acacia senegal, also known as Gum arabic tree or Sudan gum arabic, is a small thorny deciduous tree native to Sub-Saharan Africa, Oman, Pakistan, and west coastal India. It is known for its valuable gum arabic, which is used as a food additive, in crafts, and as a cosmetic. The gum is drained from cuts in the bark, and an individual tree will yield 200 to 300 grams. The tree is of great economic importance, especially in Sudan where 80% of the world's highest quality gum arabic is produced. In addition, new foliage is a useful forage for domestic and wild ruminants, and dried seeds are used as food by humans. It also enriches the poor soils where it is grown by fixing nitrogen. The tree has been reportedly used for its astringent properties to treat a variety of conditions. The wood and roots of this tree have several other uses, including making ropes, handles for tools, and parts for weaving looms. The tree also contains a psychoactive alkaloid, dimethyltryptamine.

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