Vachellia tortuosa (L.) Seigler & Ebinger

Poponax, Wild Acacia, Twisted Acacia

Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Vachellia

Category: Tree

Size: To 20' tall


Single trunk or multi-stemmed. Zig-zag stems. Compound leaves, feathery, to 4" long. Small, yellow flowers at the leaf axils. Seedpods, brown to 6: long.

Described by Catesby in his Natural History Volume II plate 44.


Native to Florida, the Caribbean and South America.

Published in Phytologia 87(3): 168 in 2006.

Basionym Mimosa tortuosa L.

Synonym Acacia tortuosa (L.) Willd.

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