Acacia erioloba E. Meyer

Acacia erioloba E. Meyer

Botanical Name:             Acacia eriolobaE. MeyerAcacia erioloba E. Meyer

Synonym:                      Acacia giraffaeWilld.

                                         Acacia giraffaesensuauct.

Kingdom:                      Plantae

Order:                           Fabales

Family:                         Fabaceae

Genus:                          Acacia

Local Name:                  Jawasi

Urdu Name:                   Jawasi

Part Used:                     Seeds, leaves, pods

English Name:               Camelthorn



Acacia eriolobaE. Meyer is a large and spreading tree.Bark of old trees often flaks off in dense woody strips.Youngbranches are shiny, purplish or reddish, and without hairs. Leaves appear with 2-5 pairs of pinnae and 8-15 pairs of bluish-green leaflets. Thorns aredark brownin color.Flowers are golden yellow in color and solitary or in cluster form. Pods are usually green in color, half-moon shaped, flattened, and spongy.Seeds lie in several rows1,2.


A. erioloba is a South African species, typically of Kalahari sandveld. It is widely distributed in southern Angola and Namibia, southwestern Zimbabwe, some regions of Botswana, the north west of South Africa, south west Mozambique,and Namaqualand near Kleinzee2.

Ethnomedicinal Uses in Skin Diseases


  1. Acacia eriolobaE. Meyer (Camel thorn) herb are boiled in large volume of water. This water is used for taking bath daily for one week for the treatment of scabies in District Jamshoro and QamberShahdadkot (Sindh).
  2. Leaves of plants, AzadirachtaindicaA. Juss (Neem) and A. eriolobaare boiled in little amount of water, and then oil is added in it. The prepared remedy is applied topically on scabies in District Tharparker (Sindh).


Infection and eczema:

Leaves of plants, AzadirachtaindicaNeem) and A. eriolobaare boiled in large volume of water. This decoction is used for cleaning infection and also for taking bath for the treatment of eczema in District Mirpurkhas (Sindh).

Chemical Constituents

A. erioloba contain considerable amount of water soluble carbohydrates3, pods contain higher levelsof protein, and acid soluble mineral4. Leafs and stem containcalcium and phosphorus in a considerable amount5.Gum contains carbohydrate as a combination of glycoproteins. Protein constituents are hydroxyproline and serine, while carbohydrate part is mainly comprised of l-arabinose,d-galactose, and 4-O-methyl-d-glucuronic acid residues6

Chemical Structure:

Acacia erioloba E. Meyer. st

Medicinal Uses and Pharmacology/Scientific Studies

A. eriolobais widely used in Botswana for medicinal purpose4. Extract of bark can be used as remedy for diarrhoea7. Tree gum is used for the treatment of gonorrhea1.Gum is dissolved in water and used for the treatment of influenza4.Root extract is used as a remedy for cough, and finely ground roots are recommended for the prevention of nose-bleeding7. A powder of dried and crushed pods is utilized for the treat of ear infections8.Burnt and ground ash of bark is used for headaches9.


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  2. Barnes, R. D., Fagg, C. W., and Milton, S. J. (1997). Acacia erioloba: Monograph and annotated bibliography. Oxford Forestry Institute, University of Oxford.
  3. Mlambo, V., Mould, F. L., Sikosana, J. L. N., Smith, T., Owen, E., and Mueller-Harvey, I. (2008). Chemical composition and in vitro fermentation of tannin-rich tree fruits. Animal Feed Science and Technology140(3), 402-417.
  4. Seymour, C., and Milton, S. (2003). A collation and overview of research information on Acacia erioloba(Camelthorn) and identification of relevant research gaps to inform protection of the species. Contract31.
  5. Aganga, A. A., Adogla-Bessa, T., Omphile, U. J., andTshireletso, K. (2000). Significance of browses in the nutrition of Tswana goats. Archivos de zootecnia49, 469-480.
  6. Gammon, D. W., Stephen, A. M., andChurms, S. C. (1986). The glycoproteins of Acacia eriolobaCarbohydrate research158, 157-171.
  7. Coe, M. (1998). Some aspects of the interaction between mammalian herbivores and Acacia eriobola Mey. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 53(2), 141-147.
  8. Walt, P., and Riche, E. L. (1999). The Kalahari and its plants. Info Naturae.
  9. Palgrave, K. C., andPalgrave, M. C. (1983).  Trees of Southern Africa 2nd edition. Struik Publishers (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town.