Acacia amythethophylla Steud. ex A. Rich.

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Acacia amythethophylla

Lusaka 1976
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Synonyms: Acacia buchananii Harms
Acacia macrothyrsa Harms
Vachellia amythethophylla (Steud. ex A. Rich.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or tree to 7 m. Thorns in pairs at nodes, black, straight, short and inconspicuous. Leaves large (15-30 cm); pinnae 7-14 pairs. Inflorescence large, terminal, much-branched, composed of orange-yellow spherical heads. Fruit flat, dehiscent.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: amythethophylla: from the Greek (amuthos - without words or countless, phyllon - leaf) and refers to the large number of leaflets.
Habitat: In open miombo woodland, often on poor, stony soils
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: From West Africa eastwards to Sudan and Ethiopia, southwards to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,N,E,C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 5 January 2017

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 85 - 86. as Acacia macrothyrsa

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 210.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 195. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 246 - 249. as Acacia macrothyrsa (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 214. as Acacia macrothyrsa

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 241. As Acacia macrothyrsa

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 48 - 49. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 44.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 13. as Acacia buchananii (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 32 - 33. (Includes a picture).

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Acacia amythethophylla., retrieved 20 June 2024

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