Acacia concinna

Acacia concinna is a thorny medicinal plant, native to south Asia
Botanical Name
Acacia concinna
Common Name
Shikakai, Soap-pod
Acacia concinna DC. (syn. Acacia sinuata (Lour.) Merrill, Acacia hooperiana , Mimosa concinna, Acacia hooperiana, Miq. var. glabriuscula Miq, Acacia hooperiana Miq. var. subcuneata Miq. , Acacia philippinarium Benth. Acacia poilanei Gagnep., Acacia polycephala DC., Acacia pseudointsia auct. non Miq. Acacia quisumbingii Merr, Acacia rugata (Lam.) Merr.,Guilandina microphylla DC., Mimosa concinna
Collection Locale
warm plains of central and south India
upto 1900 ft
Seed Collection period
Dec. - Feb.
Seed Longevity
1-2 years
Seed Purity
Seed Treatment
Direct seed sowing
Usual Germination
Pods used for washing hair and acid leaves are eaten.
Seed Counts per KG
Plant Average Height
10-15feet height and length

General Description:

Acacia concinna is a thorny medicinal plant, native to south Asia, widely known for the organic shampoo derived from its fruit, shikakai. The leaves are bipinnate and the thorns are soft and small. There are about 6-10 Acacia concinna seeds in a pod. The pods (shikakai), have medicinal properties and are used for hair cleansing and enhancement. Shikakai is traditionally preferred over commercially available shampoo, across the Indian Subcontinent. Shikakai is also used for manufacturing body and facial care creams, across the personal hygiene industry. Moreover, a particular extract from Acacia concinna leaves has shown to be effective in treatment of malarial fever.