Botanical name: Acacia nilotica ssp. tomentosa Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)
Synonyms: Acacia arabica var. tomentosa, Acacia nilotica var. tomentosa
Tomentose Babool is a very abundant subspecies in India and Pakistan, is also widespread in part of Africa. It is most often found on alluvial soils that are periodically flooded, sandy-clays and non-saline clay soils. It is resistant to temporary flooding and can grow in waterlogged soils for long periods. Unlike Babool, Tomentose Babool may be thorny when the tree is young, but at maturity the tree has few spines. The characteristic of the tree is densely tomentose, white pods which are deeply constricted between the seeds to make it look like a beaded necklace. Flowers are tiny yellow powder-puffs, occuring in clusters. The leaves are twice compound, i.e. they consist of 5-11 feather-like pairs of pinnae; each pinna is further divided into 7-25 pairs of small, elliptic leaflets.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
The flower labeled Tomentose Babool is ...