White Bark Acacia   
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White Bark Acacia
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: White Bark Acacia, brewers acacia, distillers acacia, panicled acacia • Hindi: रॊंझ ronjh, रेवंजा reonja, safed babul, safed kikkar • Marathi: हिंवर himvar • Tamil: sarai, வெள்வேலம் velvelam • Malayalam: velvelam • Telugu: తెల్ల తుమ్మ tella tumm • Kannada: bellada, bili-jali, nayibela • Bengali: Safed babul • Oriya: goira • Sanskrit: arimedah, shwet barhura
Botanical name: Acacia leucophloea    Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)
Synonyms: Mimosa leucophloea

White Bark Acacia is a large thorny tree attaining a height of 35 m and a diameter at breast height of 100 cm. The stout trunk is divided into several wide branches. Open-grown specimens have a characteristic wide umbrella-like crown. Bark is white to yellowish gray, smooth, on old trees becoming black and rough. Leaves double compound, with 4-13 pairs of pinnae, each with 5-30 pairs of leaflets. Circular glands found on the rachis below the junction of paired-pinnae. The feathery green foliage offers a strong contrast to the light-coloured bark. Spines 2-5 mm long, at the base of leaves. Flowers conspicuous, light-yellow to cream in colour, in pendunculate glomerules aggregated in panicles, 5-merous, corolla 1.2-2 mm long, at the end of branches or in leaf axils. Pods yellow, green or brown in colour, flat and fairly straight, 10-20 cm long, 5-10 mm wide, containing 10-20 smooth, oblong seeds, dark brown in colour, 6 x 4 mm in size.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Katraj Ghat, Pune, Maharashtra.
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