This article compares the root and trunk bark of the Acacia confusa, to help you understand the difference so you can make an informed decision about which one you would prefer. In general there is a minor difference between root or trunk bark of the Acacia confusa. The main reason why Acacia confusa root bark is advertised everywhere is because people are familiar with Mimosa hostilis root bark and therefor assume that it is the only useful part of the plant. This has been shown on several studies to not be the case with Acacia confusa. Acacia confusa trunk bark is as useful as the root bark. We at Gaiana believe that the trunk bark is the most favorable of the two!
We offer the trunk bark at an even lower price than the root bark. This price difference says nothing about the difference in quality between these two plant parts. Our intention with this price difference is to encourage our customers to also consider trunk bark instead of root bark, in order to promote and stimulate the further research on the Acacia confusa trunk bark as well.
Our Acacia confusa trunk bark originates from Taiwan. The Acacia confusa is a native species of Taiwan and is protected in the mountains because it is probably the most important species that helps prevent landslides and soil erosion in heavy rains and earthquakes. Therefor, harvesting root bark in Taiwan is a impact on the eco-system. Instead of damaging the tree in order to harvest the root bark the trunk bark can be harvested from fallen trees; Trees that are destroyed by natural forces, like storms and heavy rainfall. After heavy storms our supplier goes out to get the trunk bark from freshly fallen trees. This way there is no impact on the eco-system by unnatural forces and it’s a much more sustainable, ethical and efficient way of harvesting, while keeping the production costs low.
Our Acacia confusa root bark originates from Hawaii. The Acacia confusa has become an invasive species in Hawaii due to humans planting it. An invasive species is not native to a specific eco-system and has a tendency to spread, which is believed to cause damage to the eco-system. therefor, harvesting Acacia confusa root bark in Hawaii has little to no impact on the eco-system and can be considered a measure of environmental control.
The appearance of dried root and trunk bark may look similar to a layman’s eye, which can cause confusion that the received root bark is trunk bark and visa versa. The roots of the Acacia confusa are known for it’s incredibly hard and dense wood with a strong bark. And due to the climate and swampy soil in Hawaii the roots tend to grow more on the surface, giving the root bark the similar characteristics as the trunk bark. However we at Gaiana guarantee you that if you order root bark you do receive root bark and visa versa.