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Vachellia seyal (talh; Gum Arabic Tree; Whistling Tree; Thirty Thorn; Shittim Wood)

Synonyms: Acacia flava var. seyal; Acacia giraffae (homotypic); Acacia seyal (homotypic); Acacia seyal var. seyal

Wikipedia Abstract

Vachellia seyal, the Red acacia, known also as the shittah tree (the source of shittim wood), is a thorny, 6–10 m (20–33 ft) high tree with a pale greenish or reddish bark. At the base of the 3–10 cm (1.2–3.9 in) feathery leaves there are two straight, light grey thorns, growing to 7–20 cm (2.8–7.9 in) long. The blossoms are displayed in round, bright yellow clusters approximately in 1.5 cm (0.59 in) diameter. In Vachellia seyal var. fistula, which is more common on heavy clay soils, some of the thorns are swollen and house symbiotic ants.
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Allergen Potential [1]  High
Janka Hardness [3]  1920 lbf (871 kgf) Hard
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Structure [2]  Tree



External References

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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Wood Janka Hardness Scale/Chart J W Morlan's Unique Wood Gifts
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
6Diet for a Small Primate: Insectivory and Gummivory in the (Large) Patas Monkey (Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus); Lynne A. Isbell; American Journal of Primatology 45:381–398 (1998)
7Sex differences in giraffe feeding ecology: energetic and social constraints, Truman P. Young & Lynne A. Isbell, Ethology 87, 79-89 (1991)
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0