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in botany: see acaciaacacia
, any plant of the large leguminous genus Acacia, often thorny shrubs and trees of the family Leguminosae (pulse family). Chiefly of the tropics and subtropics, they are cultivated for decorative and economic purposes.
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wattle

A framework of interwoven rods, poles, or branches.

wattle

1. a loose fold of skin, often brightly coloured, hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds, lizards, etc.
2. any of various chiefly Australian acacia trees having spikes of small brightly coloured flowers and flexible branches, which were used by early settlers for making fences
3. a southern African caesalpinaceous tree, Peltophorum africanum, with yellow flowers
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In the early 1980s, Robert Prentice located another line of red, wattled hog that he developed into the Endow Farm Wattle Hogs.
After huge efforts in South Africa over the past 11 years, the future for both the blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus)--the country's national bird--and the wattled crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) is at last beginning to look more secure.
But beyond its borders, wattled cranes range across Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Angola, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo--countries beset by civil war, drought and vast human pressure on natural resources.
The wattled jacana system bears strong resemblances to Butchart's birds, Wrege notes.
At slightly over 5 feet tall--only the sarus is taller--the wattled crane (Grus carunculatus) commands attention, especially with its gray skull cap on top of a crimson face and its bright orange eyes.