Senegalia mellifera ( Acacia mellifera )
Twigs are used as toothbrushes.
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A deciduous, thorny shrub or small tree with sweetly scented white/pink flowers. These attract insects and bees. It has attractive wood which is hard, termite proof and is used for handles of tools, fencing posts and fuel . It is both frost hardy and drought hardy. Plant in the full sun and as it has aggressive roots don’t plant it too close to a building. The twigs are used as toothbrushes and it attracts birds for nesting. If planted close together and pruned it will make an impenetrable, thorny barrier. The gum is enjoyed by children, animals and birds. The roots are used medicinally for stomach pain. The leaves and pods are nutritious and are eaten by stock as well as game like black rhino, springbok, steenbok, giraffe, grey duiker, gemsbok, eland, wildebeest, kudu, eland, impala and giraffe. It is the larval host for the Silvery Bar butterfly.