Black Wattle

Acacia mearnsii

Black Wattle, Acacia mearnsii, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Campus of University of Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. October 2010.

Black Wattle, Acacia mearnsii, photo © Michael Plagens

The wood of the Black Wattle is used as firewood and provides welcome shade from the tropical Sun. However, this tree is native to Australia and as such is undesirable in native habitats where it is a weed that can push out native species. The bark is mostly smooth and dark gray and the branches free of thorns. The leaves are twice pinnately compound, the ultimate segments smooth and dark green. The flowers are borne in small, tight spheres. The petals are vestigial - many pale yellow or cream stamens providing color and show.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 23 January 2011,
updated 26 Oct. 2015.