Acacia sieberiana

Source:  Alchetron

Source: Alchetron

NAME:  Acacia sieberiana

FAMILY: Fabaceae

COMMON NAMES: Acacia, Paperbark

LOCAL NAMES: Siyi, sie, farakaya, Umkhamba, Mokgaba

USEFUL PART(s):  Bark, stem-twigs, roots, leaves, latex


  • Fibre from the tree’s bark is used for stringing beads.
  • The gum of the tree is used as food for livestock, adhesive, in making ink.
  • The wood is used in making furniture, tool handles.
  • Geographic Distribution
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Swaziland
  • Zimbabwe
  • Namibia


Acacia sieberiana medicinal uses include:·      

  • Diarrhoea·      
  • Gonorrhoea ·      
  • Cold and Cough·      
  • Fever·      
  • Rheumatism


  • Windbreak and Shade tree·      
  • Fix Nitrogen from the air  


Aleper, D., Lye, K. A., & Moe, S. R. (2008). Response of Acacia sieberiana to repeated experimental burning. Rangeland Ecology and Management, 61(2), 182–187.

Brimer, L., Christensen, S. B., Jaroszewski, J. W., & Nartey, F. (1981). Structural elucidation and partial synthesis of 3-hydroxyheterodendrin, a cyanogenic glucoside from Acacia sieberiana var. woodii. Phytochemistry, 20(9), 2221–2223.

Kibon, A., & Maina, A. H. B. (1993). Dry acacia sieberiana pods as a supplement to a low quality forage diet for growing lambs in Northern Nigeria. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 25(1), 59–64.

Matekaire, T., & Maroyi, A. (2007). Thermotolerance and Osmotic Potential Studies in Germinating Seeds and Growing Seedlings of Acacia sieberiana and Acacia tortilis. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 9(2), 9. Retrieved from

Mucunguzi, P., & Oryem-Origa, H. (1996). Effects of heat and fire on the germination of Acacia sieberiana D.C. and Acacia gerrardii Benth. in Uganda. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 12(1), 1–10.

Mugunga, C. P., & Mugumo, D. T. (2013). Acacia sieberiana Effects on Soil Properties and Plant Diversity in Songa Pastures, Rwanda. International Journal of Biodiversity, 2013, 1–11.

Nartey, F., Brimer, L., & Christensen, S. B. (1981). Proacaciberin, A cyanogenic glycoside from Acacia sieberiana var. Woodii. Phytochemistry, 20(6), 1311–1314.

Sabiiti, E. N., & Wein, R. W. (1987). Fire and Acacia Seeds: A Hypothesis of Colonization Success. Journal of Ecology, 75(4), 937–946.

SABIITI, E. N., & WEIN, R. W. (1988). Fire behaviour and the invasion of Acacia sieberiana into savanna grassland openings. African Journal of Ecology, 26(4), 301–313.

Zinn, A. D., Ward, D., & Kirkman, K. (2007). Inducible defences in Acacia sieberiana in response to giraffe browsing. African Journal of Range and Forage Science, 24(3), 123–129.