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Black Monkey Thorn
A popular, multi-purpose tree, distributed in southern Africa, in a variety of habitats, from woodlands to dry river valleys to scrublands. It varies considerably in height, ranging from 3 to 27 m and has even been cultivated as a bonsai. It has a smooth or sometimes scaly trunk and a spreading, rounded crown, branches armed with spines, compound leaves with bluish-green leaflets and white flowers followed by dark green seed pods. It grows well in tropical and some warm-temperate climates. Aside from its ornamental use, Acacia burkei is prized for its hard, yellow-brown wood and it also has a variety of medical applications.