Gk. akakia (a-kakos) = not good. Gk. ake, akis = a sharp point; probably refers to the spines (stipules) that are typical in many of these genera. The name given by early Greek botanistphysician Pedanius Dioscorides (c 40–90) to the Egyptian thorn, Vachellia nilotica, for its medicinal properties. However, this name remains controversial, and Southern African ‘Acacias’ are divided into two genera.
Etymology of cyclops:
From the Greek ‘cyc’ / ‘kuklos’ meaning ‘circle’; and the Greek ‘ops’ / ‘ops’ meaning ‘eye’.
Shrub or tree to 4 m. Phyllodes oblong, with 3--7 longitudinal veins. Flowers in globose heads, yellow. Pods flat, undulate or twisted, not constricted between the seeds. Seeds black, with prominent fleshy red aril. Oct.--May. Mountain and lowland fynbos, coastal dunes, SW, AP, LB, SE (Australian weed).