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Acacia auriculiformis


Acacia auriculiformis
Botanical Name        : Acacia auriculiformis
Common Names       : Earleaf Acacia, Northern Black Wattle, Australian Wattle, Earpod Black Wattle
Family                         : Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Origin                          : Northern Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
General Info
A common hardy tree, often found in open and degraded areas throughout Myanmar. This fast growing tree has become naturalized in Myanmar.
Botanical Features
Form: This tree has dense foliage with an open spreading crown and can grow up to 20m tall.
Leaf: The real leaves are evident only in young seedlings. They are twice pinnate compound and alternate.
Flower: The tree flowers within 1-2 years in clusters borne on short sprays about 5-10cm in length. Each spray contains about 100 tiny bright yellow flowers. They are fragrant and bloom at certain months of the year.
Fruit: The seed pod is straight or slightly curved, about 6.5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, turning from yellow to brown and curling up into a spiraled dark brown and curling up into a spiraled dark brown coil when ripened, forcing out black seeds.
Trunk: The bark is fissured and is grey or brown.
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Points of Interest
Acacia has the potential to protect soils from erosion because of its extensive roots, and can grow well even in poor soil.
Unofficially, this tree is also called Pokok sabun in Malay or Soap Tree.
In many countries, Acacia is planted as an ornamental plant, as a shade tree and as fuel wood. The wood is good for making paper, furniture and carpentry.