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Plant Form: Fast growing tree.
Size: Up to 25 m tall.
Stem: Smooth, slightly flaking, coated in greenish yellow power that rubs off onto hands. With white, straight pairs of spines.
Leaves: Compound of 4-7 pairs of small leaflets in groups of 10-17.
Flowers: Yellow, globular, typical wattle-like flowers.
Fruit and Seeds: Flat, papery light brown pods 5-19 cm long, containing 5-10 seeds.
Habitat: Riverbanks, floodplains, open woodlands.
Distinguishing Features: Similar to Prickly acacia (Vachellia nilotica) but powdery bark rather than rough.