Hi I recently got pricked by an acacia thorn will gardening barefoot and felt very ill 24 hours later do you know what kind of poison the thorns have covering them to do this. Please would you let me know!
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Actually the thorns are a toxin that will make you have diarea for many months
After reading "Tears of The Giraffe" by Alexander McCall Smith i googled to read about Thorn trees
Hi! I have just returned from Namibia with a weird allergy and toher unpleasant symptoms as if with a flu, but without the temperature, and total weakness... I think it's thorns, because I got cut by them multiple times, however it could be anything. Can anyone help me with an advice?
Its unlikely you have contracted anything from the tree, Ive been ripped to bits by them and mostly Ive been left with scabs.. Biting insects and contaminated water are more likely. But get yourself to a doctor especially if its not clearing up. And, it could always be a form of flu.
Please i am a Masters student at North west university, mafikeng campus. I am doing some research on acacia seed pods and i would like to know the most dominant acacia plants in South Africa.
Thank you, Jake! I don't think it was the water or food, which were really good quality there, and it is not really a flu. In the end I went to the doctor, but she couldn't tell me anything certain, but my blood tests are OK and it's already gone after more than two weeks. Just still wandering what it was... Thanks!
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I was pruning my sweet acacia yesterday, have been pricked by thorns previously, however this time an extra large one got me in my foot. No swelling, but my big toe is stiff, very sore. There must be some sort of toxic material on it. Is there anyone with a similar experience or someone with some expertise in the area that could confirm. How long did the pain last? Any remedies?
I am doing an expository style writeup in the form of a report on giraffes. This site has aided me with it. I have recently been to Africa this past week for the first time, on a Safari and I was not aware that there were 400 species of the Acacia tree. My guide told me that elephants would rip the acacia tree down just to feed a litte off the tree. The reason this is not a good thing is because I was told that the Acacia tree took about a century to grow. But then I looked at other info sites on the Acacia tree, and I was clueless because they told me that the Acacia tree grew quite rapidly... in North America. Thank-you.
The thorn trees look absolutely fascinating. Just when you think you have seen it all, nature has more and more to offer in terms of sights.
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I would like to replant an Acacia Eriloba. Could anyone please give advise me on how deep the root system of a Acacia Eriloba approximately 1.5 meters high is? And how would I go about replanting it to a different spot? I cannot find anything about rootsystems in any books.
Is this true? I was told that a certain tree in the Waterberg area becomes poisonous to Kudu if there had been a veld fire and the rainfall that season had been sporadic and limited. Thank you.
I've noticed a group of straight acacia thorns, snipped from the tree and then arranged in a "tube", held together with some kind of insect silk, hanging from a tree outside our offices. Is there an insect that's known to create such protective cocoons?
I have collected seedpods from an acacia in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga. The tree is umbrella shaped. I would like to cultivate the seeds. How do I do that?
To answer your question re. planting acacia tree seedlings, please see below:
1. Soak the seedlings in hot water for about 5 minutes just before planting
2. Plant the seeds underground in compost about 10 centimetres apart
3. Water frequently - the seedlings should take about 2 weeks to germinate.
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I am curious to know which species of acacia in either North America (I live in the Arizona desert) or Africa has the longest, most dangerous thorns. Could you help? Thanks.