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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The Acacia Tree Backround The name Acacia is derived from the Greek word akis meaning point or barb.The Acacia is one of the largest species of trees in the world with more than 800 different types growing in warm, tropical and desert-like regions of both hemispheres.More than half of the Acacia species grow in Australia where the tree is commonly referred to as "wattle." Meanwhile, the remainder thrive in warm, temperate climates like Africa, Central America, Hawaii, and California. Parts of the Acacia Tree The Acacia Tree's distinct leaves take the form of small leaflets that give the leafstalk a feathery or fern-likeappearance. Although the Acacia Tree is one of the most deadly plants out there, in the spring time, it is home to these small yellow flowers that give the appearance of a puffball. The branches of the Acacia Tree are small and appear flimsy and weak. However, these branches hold massive thorns inside of them that can fend off any potential predators Uses Wood WOOD GUM ARABIC (PAPER, FURNITURE) (FOOD, GLUE, PAINT) SEEDS (OTHER ACACIAS) Defense When animals like antelope start to eat the acacia trees leaves, it passes on an alarm signal on to other nearby trees. The Acacia then produces leaf tannin in quantities lethal to the attacker. Once other trees get the signal from the original Acacia, they produce even more tannin, helping to kill predators. These trees work together to keep each other safe, and this teamwork has just recently killed 3000 Southern African antelope. Along with leaf tannin, the Acacia tree has other ways of warding off predators. The branches have huge built-in thorns that keep giraffes from eating their leaves, and also these trees are known to house stinging ants who live in the trees nectar Interesting Facts Although elephants eat the seeds of Acacia trees, they help many of them survive. Beetle grub like to get into the seed pods and devour the seeds inside, however elephants stop them from doing that. When an elephant eats the pods, it does not chew them, but swallows them whole. The seeds are kept alive in its stomach before they are deposited back out through its feces. Some of the most popular uses for the tree include wood, gum arabic, tannin, blossoms, and seeds.Acacia is even found in a lot of popular beverages and snacks like Sun Drop, RC Cola, Fresca, Powerade, Barqs Root Beer, Altoids mints, M&Ms, and Wringleys Chewing Gum "Acacia Trees." : All about. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2014."Farah.ExpertsColumn.Com - Powered By" Interesting Facts About Acacia. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2014."Acacia." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Nov. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.
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