Acacia leucophloea


V. leucophloea



Local Names

Safed kikkar/ reonja




Native to South and South east Asia (introduced to Pakistan)

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Vachellia leucophloea also called reonja, is a moderate-sized tree native to South and Southeast Asia.
Vachellia leucophloea grows natively in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Medicinal uses
The bark extracts of Vachellia leucophloea are used in Pakistani traditional medicine as an astringent, a bitter, a thermogenic, a styptic, a preventive of infections, an anthelmintic, a vulnerary, a demulcent, an expectorant, an antipyretic, an antidote for snake bites and in the treatment of bronchitis, cough, vomiting, wounds, ulcers, diarrhea, dysentery, internal and external hemorrhages, dental caries, stomatitis, and intermittent fevers and skin diseases. An ethanolic extract ointment has shown marked wound healing activity in trials.

Culinary uses
The bark is used to prepare a spirit from sugar and palm juice, and in times of scarcity it is ground and mixed with flour. The pods are used as a vegetable, and the seeds can be ground and mixed with flour.

Other uses
The wood is sometimes used to make attractive furniture and other implements, though it can be difficult to work with and is not durable.