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Vachellia horrida

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Vachellia horrida is a low spreading shrub or sometimes tree native to both the wet and dry scrublands of tropical to subtropical East Africa.<ref name="Dharani2006">Template:Cite book</ref> Common names for it are Cape Gum and Dev-Babul. It is also found elsewhere in Africa, Asia, India and South America.<ref name="ildis"/> It frequently has stipular spines 9.5 cm long.<ref name="Dharani2006" /><ref name="books.google.com">Google Books Select Extra-tropical Plants Readily Eligible for Industrial Culture Or Naturalization By Ferdinand von Mueller</ref> V. horrida is an important browse plant in the tropics, particularly during the dry season.<ref name="Getacheweetal2002">Template:Cite journal</ref>

Uses

Vachellia horrida is used as forage for livestock, for its wood and for fuel.<ref>Madras Naturalists' Society Template:Webarchive</ref> Because of its huge thorns, it makes an excellent protective hedge. It used to be the most important tree for the tanning industry in South Africa, but extract from its bark leaves the leather with a rather bad smell. The tree produces good gum, but it is yellowish in color.<ref name="books.google.com"/>

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