Umbrella acacia tree
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Assuming the shape of its name, acacia trees give shelter to many grassland dwellers.
Acacias have amazing relationships with ants that take care of the trees in which they make their home.Conservation Status: Common
Global Home: Africa
Primary Habitat: Grassland
Found in many different forms throughout plains, acacias are unique trees that serve many different functions. As they grow and mature, these legumes give back to the soil, making it more fertile than it was before. In providing food, the limbs of Umbrella Acacias make way for leaves as well as clusters of flowers. This way, these trees are valuable to both herbivores and insects. One interesting thing that the acacia does for insects is to provide a dwelling and a food source. Along the branches, there are pods and sticky sap for ants. In turn, ants protect their provider by annoying animals who come to feed and by removing strangling vines who come to stay.