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Umbrella Thorn at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click to see more.

Umbrella Thorn

Acacia tortilis

Family

Fabaceae, Pea Family

Form

Tree, shrub; from 6 feet by 6 feet to 50 feet high by 100 feet wide

Range

Widespread throughout Africa and into the Middle East

Habitat

Semi-arid savannahs in sandy, rocky and alluvial soils

Living Desert Location

East African Garden, Village Watutu

Factoid

Balls of fragrant, creamy-white flowers occur in late spring to summer and are favored by monkeys and baboons.