Tatakia

Acacia simplex (Fabaceae)

Characteristics

Perennial climbing tree, up to 12 m tall. Although it produces true leaves as a seedling, like most members of this section of the genus, the mature plant does not have true leaves but has leaf-like flattened stems called phyllodes. The Tatakia tree is abundant along sandy beaches and on the inner edges of mangrove swamps. It is never found far from the sea.

Distribution

Native to islands in the western part of the Pacific Ocean. It is also found in Argentina.

Natural Medicine Properties

The bark of all Acacia species contains greater or lesser quantities of tannins and are astringent. Astringents are often used medicinally – taken internally, for example. they are used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery and can also be helpful in cases of internal bleeding. Applied externally, often as a wash, they are used to treat wounds and other skin problems, haemorrhoids, perspiring feet, some eye problems, as a mouth wash etc.
Many Acacia trees also yield greater or lesser quantities of a gum from the trunk and stems. This is sometimes taken internally in the treatment of diarrhoea and haemorrhoids.

Did you know?

The tree is used as a toxin in fishing. It incapacitates the fish, but it is apparently not harmful to people.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species