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Acacia erioloba (Camel thorn)

Kameeldoring [Afrikaans]

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Fabales > Family: Fabaceae > Genus: Acacia

Acacia erioloba (Camel thorn)

Storm clouds gather behind a young Camelthorn (Acacia erioloba) tree with Sociable weaver nests in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa. [photo Colin Paterson-Jones ]

Acacia erioloba (Camel thorn)
Acacia erioloba (Camel thorn)

Acacia erioloba, Main Camp, Hwange NP, Zimbabwe. [photos Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Acacia erioloba (Camel thorn)

Webs of the semi-social Tropical tent-web spider, Cyrtophora citricola, made conspicuous by unseasonal mist in winter, festooned over a small Camelthorn tree in the dunes in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa. [photo Colin Paterson-Jones ]

An important tree in southern Africa that has a number of uses. In particular, it is a valuable source of high quality firewood.


Plant part



Considered one of the best quality sources of firewood and charcoal in southern Africa. 


An infusion is taken for coughs, colds and tuberculosis.


A decoction is taken for diarrhoea.


A decoction is taken for coughs and a nose-bleed.


Pulp of the pod is eaten by the Topnaar people under famine conditions. 


Roasted seeds are used as a coffee substitute.



  • van Wyk, B.E. & Gericke, N. 2000. People's plants. A guide to useful plants of southern Africa.  Briza Publications, Pretoria. 


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