Classification of the genus Acacia (in the wider sense) has been subject to considerable debate. It is generally agreed that there are valid reasons for breaking it up into several distinct genera, but disagreement in the way this should be done. As of 2012, not all species have been properly renamed and we are currently unable to find information on any new name for this species[
Acacia jacquemontii is a small, erect, thorny shrub growing 120 - 250cm tall[
]. The spines are up to 5cm long[
It is harvested from the wild for its tannins and gum, and is sometimes cultivated as hedge and for soil stabilization[
E. Asia - India, Pakistan.
Dry regions, usually along water courses and in ravines[
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This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The plant has a spreading root system and, with its ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen, is a good sand binder. It is often grown to stabilize sandy soils[
Sometimes grown as a hedge[
The plant yields a gum that is inferior to gum arabic[
]. It is used in calico printing and paper making[
The bark is used for tanning[
The white or yellowish-white wood is hard[
]. It is generally too small to be of much use other than for items such as tool handles[
The seed of most, if not all, members of this genus has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.
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