Knob Thorn

Knoppies daring – Acacia nigrescens

  • Knobs on young stems. These knobs protect the young stem from browsers
  • 2 paired hooked thorns
  • Often grows in association with Themeda triandra (a palatable grass) and are regarded as indication of good ranching country
  • Favourite wood for making jukskeie
  • Pods and leaves eaten by monkeys, baboons, antelope giraffe and elephant
  • Good nesting holes for hornbills, woodpeckers and barbets
  • Wood is resistant to termites therefore it is available for building, fencing poles and in the past for mine-props
  • In some communities stakes of wood are smeared with a preparation and driven into the ground to keep evil spirits and lightning away.
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