Acacia Trees – Legume Family (Fabaceae)

The acacia trees represent a very large group of trees and shrubs, within the huge Legume family (Fabaceae). There are about 1,300 species of Acacia,  and more than three-fourths of them are native to Australia; where they are appropriately called thorn trees. In fact, the generic name of Acacia comes from a Greek word for thorns; some people may know them by the name of wattle trees