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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Umbrella Thorn Tree

Afrikaans name: Haak en steek

Umbrella Thorn

Umbrella Thorn

Photo © Steven Herbert

Acacia tortilis

The Umbrella Thorn is a species of Acacia and is found over most of eastern and northern Africa.

It is found in savanna and has a distinctive spreading canopy.

The temperature where it grows has a big impact on the size that the tree attains. In the hottest regions it can reach a height of 20 metres.

The wood of the Umbrella Thorn is used for a variety of purposes including the manufacture of furniture and fence posts. The bark, gum, leaves and roots are all used for different purposes.


References and further reading

Field Guide to the Acacias of South Africa - Author: Nico Smit - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 78

Kruger - Portrait of a National Park - Author: David Paynter with Wilf Nussey - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 25

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