Acacia senegal

Acacia Senegal

Acacia senegal is known as Senegalia senegal or Gum arabic tree. It is a small thorny deciduous tree from the genus Senegalia. It grows in the dry regions of Africa – Senegal,Ethiopia, Somalia. Senegalia senegal is a multipurpose agroforestry tree species. All parts of the tree are useful. Dried seeds are used as food by humans. New foliage is very useful as forage. Part of the tree are used in natural medicine. The tree is of great economic importance for the gum arabic it produces which is used as a food additive, pharmaceuticals, confections and as a cosmetic. The gum is drained from cuts in the bark. Currently the biggest markets for Senegalia senegal gum are the European Union and USA).


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