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About 1,300; see List of Acacia species

Acacia (pronounced /əˈkeɪʃə/) is a genus of shrubs and trees belonging to the subfamily Mimosoideae of the family Fabaceae, first described in Africa by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1773. Many non-Australian species tend to be thorny, whereas the majority of Australian Acacias are not. They are pod-bearing, with sap and leaves typically bearing large amounts of tannins. The generic name derives from ακακία (akakia), the name given by early Greek botanist-physician Pedanius Dioscorides (ca. 40-90) to the medicinal tree A. nilotica in his book Materia Medica. The species name nilotica was given by Linnaeus from this tree's best-known range along the Nile river.

Acacias are also known as thorntrees, whistling thorns or wattles, including the yellow-fever acacia and umbrella acacias.

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  • Lakeland teen competing Sunday in pageant
    Nikki Wattles, daughter of Dave and Lynn Wattles of Commerce Township, has been selected finalist for Michigan's 34th annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held this Sunday at the Lansing Radisson. Read more on this news related to 'Wattles'
  • Complex planning behind Clinton Speech
    By: Jackie Wattles Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an inaugural appearance at the University of Connecticut Wednesday night, and it was far from happenstance. That’s what the coordinators of the event will tell you. ... Read more on this news related to 'Wattles'
  • Somerset County 4-H teens to attend national conference
    Kimberley Duffy of Branchburg and Julia Meier of Bridgewater will be representing New Jersey at the 84th National 4-H Conference to be held April 5-10 in Washington, D.C. Kimberley is a member of the 4-H Alpaca Club, Wattles & Snood... Read more on this news related to 'Wattles'

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