We are compiling a list of ‘must have’ building blocks for the farm. Native, drought tolerant, bee-attracting trees and shrubs that birds love to build nests in. The Catclaw Acacia is at the top of our list.
These shots were taken in the wash that surrounds our grey cabin.
We will attempt to propagate specimens by seed.
The tree has medicinal properties:
The powdered pods and leaves make an excellent infused tea (2-4 ounces of the standard infusion every three hours) for diarrhea and dysentery, as well as a strongly astringent hemostatic and antimicrobial wash. The straight powder will stop superficial bleeding and can also be dusted into moist, chafed body folds and dusted on infants for diaper rash. The flowers and leaves as a simple tea are good anti-inflammatory for the stomach and esophagus in nausea, vomiting, and hangovers. It is distinctly sedative. The root is thick and mucilaginous as a tea and is good for sore throat and mouth inflammations as well as dry raspy coughing.
As well as many other uses:
Dried pods were ground into flour and used to make mush or cakes. Pods are eaten fresh and are considered to be a great construction material and fine firewood.(Bean & Saubel, 1972). Seeds are stored, roasted, ground and made into bread. Split twigs were used as basket material and made into a brush to sweep off the metates or stone grinding mortar and pestles (Weber & Seaman, 1985). Beans are used for food. (Russell, 1908) Seeds were used as “starvation food” (Rea, 1991) and used to feed domesticated animals. (Hinton, 1975).