The solitary acacia tree looks lost in this vast open grassland. The pink and blue color of the sky blends in perfectly in this photograph. Behind the solitary acacia tree and meadow, the Etosha flat pan starts. An endless arid landscape as far as the eye can see.
Acacia trees are one of the most famous trees in Africa, accompanied by baobab trees. You will often see them in typical African sunset photographs, silhouetted by the sun. Over 1,300 acacia species exist worldwide. Primarily in Australia and Africa, however, you also find them in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. You can find a lone acacia tree or groups in the open savannah and grassland environments.
A lone acacia tree is also an essential part of the eco-system, providing a constant food source for multiple species. Beneficial for the tall hoofed animals to birds and even little insects. These incredible trees have adapted to protect themselves against predators from eating their leaves. They contain thorns that prevent most animals from feeding. Secondly, they also house little stinging ants in their hollow spines, which further prevents animals. Furthermore, the tree creates poisonous chemicals when it detects an “assault.” These chemicals can be fatal to animals. Also, the trees “warn” nearby acacias to start making their poison.