Common Name : Shikakai, Soap Pod, Som Poy (in Thai)
Part Used : Leaves, Fruit Pod
Acacia concinna is a tree native to Asia. The plant is a prickly, scandent vine shrub occurring in Asia's tropical jungles. It is found in disturbed forests,
in meadows and along rivers. The fruit looks like a pod and resembles the Tamarind fruit pod. The leaves have a sour taste, sort of like Tamarind pulp. In South India, the leaves are used to make Chutney. Thai people believe it to be an auspicious plant that brings luck and happiness. The plant is now cultivated commercially to meet the high demand in hair care and cosmetics industry.