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Sweet Thorn

Afrikaans name: Soetdoring

Sweet Thorn

Photo © Steven Herbert

Acacia karroo

The Sweet Thorn tree is found over most of southern Africa from Angola to South Africa. It is found in various habitats but grows bigger in areas of higher rainfall.

In some areas the Sweet Thorn grows no bigger than a shrub and in others it can grow to a height of 12 metres.

The thorns are long and white and grow in pairs. The flowers of the Sweet Thorn are yellow.

The Sweet Thorn is used for a number of purposes but the most interesting use is making candy from the gum that seeps out of cracks in the bark.

Sweet Thorn

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

Field Guide to the Acacias of South Africa - Author: Nico Smit - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 34

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 67

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 34

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 390

Sappi Tree Spotting: Highveld and the Drakensburg - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 1998 - Page: 126

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 170

The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 49

Wildflowers of the Northern Cape - Author: Jill Adams - Year Published: 1976 - Page: 80

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