Acacia farnesiana from Kud in Jammu & Kashmir

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Gurcharan Singh

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Aug 30, 2011, 9:29:56 AM8/30/11
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Acacia farnesiana (L.) Willd., Sp. pl. 4(2): 1083, 1806

Common names: cassie, fragrant acaciahuisacheironwoodopopanaxsweet acacia
Hindi: Vilayati kikar; Beng: Gaya babul; Mar: Kankar; Tam: Kadi vel; Bihar: Grabur

Shrub or small tree with zigzag branches; stipular spines in pairs; leaves bipinnate, pinnae 2-8, pinnules 10-20 pairs, linear-oblong; flowers in globose heads on long peduncle, yellow; pod 5-7 cm long, nearly cylindrical, slightly curved, brown and woody when mature.

Native of America, widely cultivated in tropics and subtropics. Flowers are source of cassie perfume; wood used for tent-pegs. Photographed between Kud and Udhampur in Jammu & Kashmir on August 22.

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