See Plants. The Hebrew term shittim of Exodus 25:5 is considered by some translators to be a reference to the acacia tree. Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that it is a reference to a member of the cedar family of trees or merely that it denotes "decay proof wood". The word appears in the text which notes the various types of offerings that the congregation are to bring to the tabernacle.
The acacia tree is a member of the mimosa family. It has yellowish flowers, sharp thorns
and a thick trunk.
Habitat:Lower Galilee, western shores of the Dead Sea, Negev and Sinai deserts.