Acacia confusa seed

 This is one of the Acacia species which bears phylloides or grass-like leaves as opposed to the pinnately compound leaves of most in the genus.  In Summer the trees bear masses of bright yellow, powder puff flowers.  This species is amenable to container culture and has even provided some interesting Bonsai subjects.  The wood is very dense and hard and quite valuable.  It is often compared to the coveted Hawaiian Koa (Acacia koa) In its native range the tree is considered to be a veritable cornucopia of medicinal value. The bark is said to be a superior blood cleanser and has shown to be high in antioxidants.  It is commonly prescribed as a treatment for gout.