Description: Small tree to shrub, leaves bipinnate, pairs of large, semi-hollow spines inhabited by ants which protect the plant from herbivores. Beltian bodies are a detachable tip found on the pinnules of the leaf and are rich in lipids, sugars and proteins and provide nourishment for the resident ants. This type of ant/plant mutualistic association is known as myrmecophylly.
Yellow flowers in dense spikes up to 1.5 inches long.
Uses: Bark extract has been shown to have anti - inflammatory effects, further studies are underway.