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Acacia seyal

Common nameseeoi (Karamojong), Shittim wood
Ecocrop code2698

BRIEF DESCRIPTION A shrub or a small, spiny, deciduous tree with a flat-topped crown reaching a height of 3-17 m and a diameter of up to 20 cm. USES The wood can be utilized as fuel. The plant can be browsed and used as fodder. An gum that can be used as a substitute for gum-arabic can be extraxted from trunk and branches and a tanning can be obtained from the bark. GROWING PERIOD Perennial shrub or tree. Maximum height is usually reached after 8-10 years. COMMON NAMES Shittim wood, Tahl, White whistling wood, White-galled acacia, Whistling-thorn, Shittimwood, Suffar abyad, Sayaal, Mgunga. FURTHER INF Scientific synonym: A. fistula, A. stenocarpa, A. hockii. Shittim wood is indigenous to the Shalian zone from Senegal to Sudan. It is usually found near river beds, at lowland sites and near waterholes, but is drought hardy. Tolerant of forest and grass fires. It can probably fix nitrogen and is mentioned as a possible agroforestry species. It can be found at elevations between sea level and 2100 m, but most common at low altitudes.
Grassland Index
Roecklein J 1987 pp 177 [USE]
Duke J 1975 pp 5 [PH, RAIN, TEMP]
Duke J 1979 pp 100 [PH, RAIN, TEMP]
B-Lennard E 1984 pp 101 [SAL]
Duke J 1981 pp 14-15 [DRA, TEXT, RAIN, TEMP, PH]
Skerman P 1988 pp 526 [USE]
National RC 1980 pp 104
National RC 1983c pp 72 [TEMP, RAIN, DRA, TEXT, DRA]
Maydell H 1986 pp 137-139 [RAIN, TEXT, DRA, USE]
Little E 1983 pp 32-34 [RAIN, TEXT, DRA, USE]
Hensleight T 1988 pp 369 [TEMP, RAIN, TEXT, USE]