Vachellia nilotica (L.) P. J. H. Hurter & Mabb. subsp. indica (Benth.) Kyal. & Boatwr., Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 172:515. 2013 (syn: (≡) Acacia arabica var. indica Benth. (basionym); (≡) Acacia nilotica subsp. indica (Benth.) Brenan) as per GRIN;
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or uh-KAY-shuh — from the Greek akis, meaning point, barb, thorny, spiny
ny-LOH-tee-kuh — of or from the valley of the Nile River
IN-dih-kuh or in-DEE-kuh — of or from India
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commonly known as: black piquant, black babul, gum arabic, Egyptian mimosa, Egyptian thorn, prickly acacia, Nile acacia, scented thorn, scented-pod acacia • Bengali: বাবলা babala • Gujarati: બાવળ baval, બાવળિયો bavaliyo, દેશી બાવળ deshi baval • Hindi: बबूल babool, कीकर kikar • Kannada: ಗೊಬ್ಳಿ ಮರ gobli mara, ಕರಿಜಾಲಿ karijaali • Konkani: बाबुळ babul • Malayalam: കരിവേലം karivelam • Marathi: बाभूळ babhul, बाभळी babhali, बाभळ babhal • Rajasthan: banvalia • Sanskrit: बब्बूलः babbulaha, पङ्क्तिः panktiha, सोमवृक्ष somavriksha, तीक्ष्ण कण्टक tikshna kantaka, वर्वू varvu, वर्वुरः varvrurha, युग्मकण्ट yugmakanta • Tamil: கறுவேளை karuvelai • Telugu: నల్లతుమ్మ nalla tumma
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Native to: n & tropical Africa, Arabian peninsula, w Asia, Indian subcontinent
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India (N) ; Andhra Pradesh ; Arunachal Pradesh; Assam ; Bihar ; Dadra-Nagar-Haveli ; Delhi ; Goa ; Gujarat ; Haryana; Himachal Pradesh ; Jammu-Kashmir ; Karnataka; Kerala ; Madhaya Pradesh; Maharashtra ; Manipur ; Meghalaya; Mizoram ; Nagaland ; Orissa; Punjab; Rajasthan ; Sikkim ; Tamil Nadu ; Tripura; Uttar Pradesh ; West Bengal & other countires as per ILDIS;
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Tree with rough fissured blackish bark; stipular spines straight, up to 8 cm long; leaves bipinnate, pinnae up to 11 pairs, with 1-2 glands on petiole and topmost pair of pinnae; leaflets up to 25 pairs, up to 7 mm long, linear-oblong; flowers yellow in globose heads occurring 2-6 together, up to 15 mm across; corolla 2.5-3.5 mm long; pod up to 15 cm long, distinctly constricted between seeds, white-grayish tomentellous.
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Nesting of birds on Acacia nilotica: Nesting of Birds on Acacia nilotica tree from Vill Mehmadpur Kunjpura Karnal haryana


These are Cattle Egrets in full breeding plumage.


If you permit me a minor modification: it should be ‘breeding plumage’, (and not) ‘full breeding plumage’ also called ‘transient plumage’ as it is very transient in these species and requires a close up image for correct plumage identification.


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Acacia Syndrome: pls help
1. Acacia nilotica subsp. indica (Benth.) Brenan is an accepted  <http://www.theplantlist.org/about/#accepted> name
This name is the accepted <http://www.theplantlist.org/about/#accepted> name of an infraspecific taxon in the genus Acacia <http://www.theplantlist.org/browse/A/Leguminosae/Acacia/>
(family Leguminosae <http://www.theplantlist.org/browse/A/Leguminosae/>).
2. Acacia nilotica (L.) Delile is an accepted <http://www.theplantlist.org/about/#accepted> name
3. Vachellia nilotica (L.) P.J.H. Hurter & Mabb. is an accepted <http://www.theplantlist.org/about/#accepted> name
4. Acacia nilotica (L.) Delile is an accepted <http://www.theplantlist.org/about/#accepted> name
This name is the accepted <http://www.theplantlist.org/about/#accepted> name of a species in the genus
Acacia <http://www.theplantlist.org/browse/A/Leguminosae/Acacia/>
(family Leguminosae <http://www.theplantlist.org/browse/A/Leguminosae/>).
I am attaching few pics pls help which name is correct for my plant.
attaching in some large size so that can be seen enlarged

Acacia nilotica (L.) Delile which was earlier known as A. arabica, has now two commonly recognised subspecies
Acacia nilotica (L.) Delile subsp. nilotica with glabrous pods…Plant found in Senegal; French Sudan; N. Nigeria; Eastern Sudan and Nile Land but not in Indian subcontinent
Acacia nilotica subsp. indica (Benth) Brenan…with tomentellous pods…found in Indian subcontinent
Vachelia nilotica being another goof up by Kew Plant List, but as there is no combination under this genus for Indian plant, we can ignore it. Your plant is obviously Acacia nilotica subsp. indica


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Acacia for ID : Nasik : 110612 : AK-3: Acacia seen growing wild in Nasik, Maharashtra on 3/4/12. Could not find any pods when picture was taken. Is this the common Babool, Acacia nilotica? Kindly confirm id.

Acacia nilotica indica!


Yes. Babool Tree (Acacia nilotica, old name Acacia arabica.



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Acacia for ID : Oman : 150712 : AK-2:
Pictures taken on 25/5/12 in Muscat.

Plants growing wild with few yellow flowers and some dried pods.
Is this also Acacia nilotica?
Kindly confirm.

Yes Looking at the pods it does appear to be Acacia nilotica.


Yes Looking at the pods it does appear to be Acacia nilotica.
Thanks for the id.
Due to lack of water, the small tree may look a bit different than those found in India.



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Fabaceae – Mimosoideae (Mimosaceae) week- MS-020112 -76 Acacia species – ID requested.: Herewith sending the photographs of Acacia species. . Photographs taken in Chennai in Mysore on 5.4.2008





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a-KAY-see-uh or uh-KAY-shuh — from the Greek akis, meaning point, barb, thorny, spiny
ny-LOH-tee-kuh — of or from the valley of the Nile River
IN-dih-kuh or in-DEE-kuh — of or from India
May 27, 2007 … near Bedsa caves, Maharashtra
commonly known as: black piquant, black babul, gum arabic, Egyptian mimosa, Egyptian thorn, prickly acacia, Nile acacia, scented thorn, scented-pod acacia • Bengali: বাবলা babala • Gujarati: બાવળ baval, બાવળિયો bavaliyo, દેશી બાવળ deshi baval • Hindi: बबूल babool, कीकर kikar • Kannada: ಗೊಬ್ಳಿ ಮರ gobli mara, ಕರಿಜಾಲಿ karijaali • Konkani: बाबुळ babul • Malayalam: കരിവേലം karivelam • Marathi: बाभूळ babhul, बाभळी babhali, बाभळ babhal • Rajasthan: banvalia • Sanskrit: बब्बूलः babbulaha, पङ्क्तिः panktiha, सोमवृक्ष somavriksha, तीक्ष्ण कण्टक tikshna kantaka, वर्वू varvu, वर्वुरः varvrurha, युग्मकण्ट yugmakanta • Tamil: கறுவேளை karuvelai • Telugu: నల్లతుమ్మ nalla tumma
Native to: n & tropical Africa, Arabian peninsula, w Asia, Indian subcontinent
References: Flowers of IndiaDave’s GardenZipcode ZooEcoPort
more views: May 27, 2007 … near Bedsa caves, Maharashtra
Dec 19, 2007 … at base of Yeoor Hills, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra
Aug 22, 2009 … at base of Yeoor Hills, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra 

very nice…  loved the vernacular names… and tree pic 2 and 7 in particular… the shapes are graceful…
wonder if any body has seen them in Bengal… (… ? …? …?? …?? who else??)
when we were young this is what made our toothbrush every morning, we had to chew it to make the brush, even in our ultramodern western styled bathroom fittings!!! Grandfather’s admonitions and mom making
sure we followed… and end result? None of us has had any tooth decay or cavities… till now In our fifth to seventh decade of life… its not completely genetic..because my uncles’ kids who did not follow grandpa’s advice… all have had their root canals dug up, cavities filled etc etc…

someone should do some solid science based research… I am not a dentist otherwise I sure would do it…
or would have had graduate students/residents who could… ANY DENTIST AMONG our eflora family???
Ayurvedic textbooks do mention tooth protective actions in some details, so its not patentable, so no mercenary ideated man or woman should take hold of this story of mine… and turn it into a personal
profit…
others with benevolent ideas to help humanity are most welcome to take this as a starting point to start looking…
Or other s with similar stories, please share


This is a very common tree in Bengal – may not be seen in proper Kolakta, but otherwise a common road side tree in suburb.
Enjoyed your nice chilhood memories – we knew about it’s medicinal tooth strengthing property though I myself did not use it.



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Fabaceae-Mimosoideae (Mimosaceae) Week: Acacia nilotica (L.) Delile subsp. indica (Benth.) Brenan from Delhi : Acacia nilotica (L.) Delile subsp. indica (Benth.) Brenan, Kew Bull. 1957:84. 1957

syn: Acacia arabica var. indica Benth.; Acacia nilotica var. indica (Benth) A. F. Hill
Tree with rough fissured blackish bark; stipular spines straight, up to 8 cm long; leaves bipinnate, pinnae up to 11 pairs, with 1-2 glands on petiole and topmost pair of pinnae; leaflets up to 25 pairs, up to 7 mm long, linear-oblong; flowers yellow in globose heads occurring 2-6 together, up to 15 mm across; corolla 2.5-3.5 mm long; pod up to 15 cm long, distinctly constricted between seeds, white-grayish tomentellous.
Commonly planted along roadsides, photographed from Vikas Puri, New Delhi, flowering in August-September.


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Fabaceae-Mimosoideae (Mimosaceae) Week :: Acacia nilotica at Nagpur: Sharing few photographs of Babool Tree.
Bot. name: Acacia nilotica
Family: Mimosaceae
Location: Gorewada, Nagpur
Date/Time: 17th Sept./ 09:00AM
Habitat: Wild
Plant habit: Tree.



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Fabaceae – Mimosoideae (Mimosaceae) Week :: Acacia nilotica from Nasik – AK: Attaching a picture of Acacia nilotica taken at Nasik, Maharashtra.
Would like to know the sub species.



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Hooghly Today : likely to be Acacia arabica (Lam.) Willd. :  Attachments (7). 3 posts by 2 authors.
This seems to be the Acacia arabica Willd. of the Bengal Plants, the Bengali name of which is বাবলা (BAABLAA) or বাবুল (BAABUL).

Acacia nilotica as per The plant List
Grin says something different.

FoP too – http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=5&taxon_id=200011856



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Request for Tree ID (x-25) :  Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Requesting id of this tree (picture taken at Mumbai). Is this Acacia baileyana?


Acacia nilotica.


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Acacia Pods For ID : MNP,Mumbai : 240913 : AK-2 :  Attachments (1). 4 posts by 2 authors.
Acacia pods seen in MNP, Mumbai on 22/4/13.
Acacia nilotica?
Kindly confirm id.


Yes it is.


Thanks for confirming.


Likewise for this Acacia, could this be subspecies tomentosa or indica?
Could you kindly confirm?


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Acacia For ID : Nasik : 020414 : AK-6  : Attachments (1). 5 posts by 3 authors.
Acacia tree seen in a garden, where a nature lover has been planting all rare trees.
Name given was ‘Telya Babul’ in Marathi.
Is this the common Acacia nilotica?
Kindly confirm.


From the pods looks like Acacia nilotica only.


Acacia nilotica.


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Fwd: need ur help for id : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Saw common crow, stripped tiger, glassy tiger, and banded awl all on this tree today morning at Bhopal post rains. Which is the tree ?? can you pls help in id.


One more image for support to I’d tree… Attachments (1).


The tree is Acacia nilotica…



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It is my pleasure to share few images of Vachellia nilotica subsp. indica (Fabaceae)
Pods necklace-like, constricted and tomentellous. Young branches glabrous and crown not narrow and erect but intensely branched.
Habit:  Medium sized tree
Habitat: Wild, in a tree grove..
Sighting: Kuppalu in Chikmagalur, Karnataka about 900 msl.
Date: 14-06-2014 and 31-05-2015

Wonderful. Would you kindly allow me to use the third image with due acknowledgement?


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Acacia for ID :: Thane :: ARKDEC15 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
This was seen in a cultivated garden in Thane in December 2016.
Is this some Acacia? Requested to please ID this.


Pl. check Acacia nilotica?


Pl. check with images at Vachellia nilotica (L.) P. J. H. Hurter & Mabb. subsp. indica (Benth.) Kyal. & Boatwr. 
Also check comparative images at Vachellia     

Is this a big tree or a shrub. Please clarify. Also let me know whether the flowers are  fragrant (highly scented). For me it looks more like Acacia farnesiana (Mimosa bush, Needle bush, Cassia flower) .   Please check all the characters.


Appears to be Vachellia nilotica (L.) P.J.H. Hurter & Mabb. The subspecies should be indica.


Need to check the characters (inluding the points raised by me) again by the person who has posted the pictures  for proper ID.


Apologies for the delayed response, I was travelling and hence could not reply.
The plant when photographed appeared to be a small tree, around 4-5 ft in height.
As regards smell, I do not recollect any specific fragrance, but to be honest, I did not check.


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One of the things I like is observing is flora-fauna interaction.
Posted here are images of Baya Weaver (Ploceus phillipinus) nests (-6128) on a Vachellia nilotica tree.
This tree appears to be a particular favorite of the bird, where available The nests are often on branches that are overhanging a water body, as seen here.
-6212 is a close up of the bird with nesting material on a branch.


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Acacia for ID :: JJ – Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jodhpur, March 2018 :: ARKAPR-13  : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Clicked these Acacia pics at Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jodhpur, RJ, March 2018.
Requested to please provide ID. Is this Acacia nilotica?


Yes, it is.

Yes …, it is.



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Vachellia FOR VALIDATION / ID :: Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park :: 24 OCT 18 : 13 posts by 3 authors. 6 images.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park  Jodhpur
Date: October 24, 2018 … Altitude: about 300 m (980 feet) asl
¿ Vachellia ?  
Dear friends,
I am not sure whether this tree is any Vachellia … my guess: Vachellia nilotica subsp. tomentosa.
I could not see any thorns. Leaves bipinnate, paripinnate. I see a gland between the lowermost pair of pinnae. Please help validate the ID to genus level, as I could not get any closer to the tree.

I also feel closer to images at
Yes absence of spines is puzzling.
May be we check some descriptions regarding this.

I think Vachellia nilotica subsp. tomentosa does not bear spines.
Hope someone validates the ID; not sure whether the posted pictures suffice for validation.

If the spines are absent then this will not be Vachellia. 

Anyway, there is an addition to Acacia nilotica group  in India.
Please see the highlighted portion of the attachment.
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Thanks very much … for the information.
I read the description for Vachellia nilotica subsp. kraussiana at Plantz Africa.
It say the plant has long spines.
I thought Vachellia nilotica subsp. tomentosa bears no spines;
Hopefully next time when I go to the site will get pictures of its pods.

In absence of spines and prickles this should be a member of Acacia proper, and again may be an introduced species. I am knowing two such introduced species, now naturalized in certain areas, both devoid of spines, A. decurrens and A. dealbata and having the heads arranged in panicles and this is likely to be one of them, possibly A. dealbata as the leaflets are not sharply decurrent at the base.

Thanks, …
I checked both the species, but not seem to match as per the following:

In that case another introduced species unknown to me.


Thanks … I believe the posted plant is Acacia nilotica subsp. nilotica … not far from my guess Acacia nilotica subsp. tomentosa (not accepted widely).
The posted plant is in vicinity of a large stream.
I have read that the matured trees of Acacia nilotica subsp. nilotica shed their thorns / spines.
Here is page of a book – The CABI Encyclopedia of Forest Trees … I hope it is available for reading. There is another reference page at Tropical Forages.


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Acacia for ID : Oman : 270512 : AK-2:  3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
A huge Acacia tree in one of the gardens here in Muscat, Oman.
Pictures taken on the 17th of May,12.
Very few tiny flowers seen, some fallen on the ground.
Many pods hanging on the tree and also found underneath.
Kindly id.


This looks like the Tomentose Babul [Acacia nilotica var. tomentosa].


Was thinking it to be similar id…thanks for confirming.


Sketch of legume looks close to Vachellia nilotica subsp. tomentosa (Benth.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Manuel of Taxonomy


Acacia nilotica  sub species.


Maybe subsp. indica as subsp. tomentosa does not have distribution as per POWO.
Pl. see FAO Manual of taxonomy.


For me … ID is correct.



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on 22/4/06 in Kolkata & on 4/11/07 at Hodal, Distt. Faridabad, Haryana; Gwalior- around 10 august’10; As per Trees of Delhi it flowers from June into the rains, peaking in August: straggling flowers persist till Nov.
treepix – indiantreepix | Google Groups Acacia planifrons? MINE ACACIA NILOTICA – indiantreepix | Google Groups ???? ???? – Acacia nilotica – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Acacia nilotica – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Acacia( known as Kikar in Punjab) – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Acacia nilotica? – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Strange type of Acacia nilotica, Delhi (010509YS(5-7) – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Babul – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Acacia nilotica and the bird for id – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Kikar – Babul Tree – Acacia nilotica – Flora – Haryana Online – North India
Acacia nilotica- Babool/ Keekar/ Desi Babool/ Egyptian thorn or mimosa/ Thorn mimosa



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Acacia for ID : Nasik : 100712 : AK-3:
Seen growing wild in Nasik, Maharashtra on 3/4/12.
Acacia nilotica?
Kindly confirm id.


This looks to be Acacia nilotica subspecies indica (Babool) 


Please check the characters for Acacia farnesiana also. It produces sweet smelling fragrant flowers


Thanks for a possible id.
Infact, this was also seen by me growing very close to the one above.
I will post it soon.

Appears more like Acacia nilotica ssp. indica to me…


The tree should have a few old fruits. That will help conclusively.


There were no pods on the tree…I was specially looking for them.
Will post my other Acacia which had flowers & pods.



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References:
GRIN (Vachellia nilotica (L.) P. J. H. Hurter & Mabb. subsp. indica as accepted name)  The Plant List Ver. 1.1  ILDIS

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