Acacia planifrons, a small gregarious tree with flat, umbrella-like spreading branches
Acacia planifrons, a small gregarious tree with flat, umbrella-like spreading branches, grows up to 7m in height and is found in some districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in India. Leaves are bipinnate and flower heads are yellow or white, with many stamens and funnel shaped corolla. Pods are narrow and slightly fleshy, while being rounded at base. About 6-9 Acacia planifrons are contained in a single pod. Seeds are soaked in boiling water for about 1 minute for successful germination. Sown in separate containers, 4 months old seedlings of about 50 cm height can be planted in open fields. Acacia planifrons is useful for wasteland reclamation and afforestation, and is also a good source of fodder and fuel.