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date: 10 July 2020


Important genus of trees or shrubs of the legume family.


Most of the 1,200 species of the genus acacia are native to tropical Africa or Australia. The normal type of leaf is bipinnate (featherlike), but it is often modified. The acacia is of great and varied economic importance, yielding edible seeds and valuable timber and gum.

Acacias belong to the ...

A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.

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