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Acacia gaumeri Blake; box katsin

Tree of lax habit, main trunk often more or less horizontal, bearing numerous elongate branches; bark separating into longitudinal strips the edges of which curl inward; stems with numerous stout stipular spines; leaves bipinnately compound. Flowers clustered in short cylindrical spikes, the numerous stamens resembling a powder-puff. Seed pods broad, smooth, distinctly reddish/purplish brown while immature.

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Listed as an important source of pollen and/or nectar for bees (Souza Novello 1981, Suarez Molina 1981).