Acacia nilotica

Acacia nilotica

''Acacia nilotica'' is a species of ''Acacia'' native to Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. It is also currently an invasive species of significant concern in Australia.

The generic name of this plant derives from ακακία , the name given by early Greek botanist-physician Pedanius Dioscorides to this tree as a medicinal, in his book ''Materia Medica''....hieroglyph snipped... This name derives from the Greek word for its characteristic thorns, ακις . The species name ''nilotica'' was given by Linnaeus from this tree's best-known range along the Nile river.

The plant ''A. nilotica'' then, in turn, became the type species for the Linnaean ''Acacia'' genus . For the ongoing reclassification of this and other species historically classified under genus ''Acacia'', see the list of Acacia species.