Acacia polyacantha, also known as White Thorn is a flowering tree which can grow up to 25m tall. Polyacantha has the meaning "many thorns" in Latin. The tree is native to Africa, India, the Indian Ocean and Asia, but it has also been introduced to the Caribbean.
A. polycantha's roots and perhaps its bark have medicinal uses. The root extract is useful for snakebites and is applied to wash the skin of children who are agitated at night time. The root is also used for treating gonorrhea, venereal diseases, dysentery and gastrointestinal disorders.
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- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- ILDIS LegumeWeb Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha
- ILDIS LegumeWeb Acacia polyacantha subsp. polyacantha
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