Scientific Name: Dichrostachys cinerea
Tamil Name: Vedathaalam
Description: It occurs in brushwood, thickets, hedges, teak forest and grassland and generally takes to poorer quality clay soils or deep and sandy soils. It is a semi deciduous to deciduous tree characterized by bark on young branches, dark grey-brown fissures on older branches. It blooms with Candle-brush like flower heads which are half pink and half yellow. The pink changes to white with time.
Habitat and distribution:
It is our native plant and also found in South East Asia, Australia and Africa; commonly seen in scrub and dry deciduous forests of India. It is also found along margin on hill slopes.
Note: Due to its resistance to dry climatic conditions, it is used as a soil binder for preventing erosion of soil. Fruit and seeds that grow on Dichrostachys cinerea are edible for humans and wild animals.
Photo source: Dr. J. Subramanean