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Family name: Fabaceae

Scientific name: Vachellia xanthophloea

Authority: (Benth.) P. J.H. Hurter

Zulu names: umkhanyakude, umhlosinga, umdlovune

Short description: V. xanthophloea is a tree with a smooth and powdery greenish-yellow bark, straight thorns on the branches, compound leaves, clustered pale cream flowers, and fruits in the form of pods with green seeds.


The Zulu name “umkhanyakude” means “the one who shines bright from a distance“.

The plant gets the name umkhanyakude because it is used to make a person striking or beguiling.

The bark is used to make an infusion that is administered as a bathing agent. The infusion is often used by people before they go for an interview

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