Acacia confusa – Formosa Wattle (plant)
Acacia confusa is native to south east Asia. Its uses include chemical products, environmental management and food and drink. The bark may be ground into a powder and saturated into water to create a tea, or may be spread onto various foods as a spice and taste enhancer. The wood has a density of about 0.75 g/cm³. In Taiwan, its wood is used to make support beams for underground mines. The wood is also converted to charcoal for family use. The plant is used in traditional medicine and is available from herbal medicine shops in Taiwan, but there has been no clinical study to support its effectiveness. It is also frequently used as a durable flooring material. The root bark contains tryptamines. It is considered invasive in some countries, for example Hawaii.
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Care and Cultivation of Acacia confusa
Prefers a loam/gravel soil. Well drained soil, fast growing and hardy. Likes a full sun position and is tolerant of dry conditions once established.
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