Acacia fleckii Schinz

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Acacia fleckii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acacia fleckii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acacia fleckii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acacia fleckii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acacia fleckii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tributary of Kame River, by road to Khami Ruins

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Synonyms: Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd. var. tomentosa sensu Baker f.
Acacia cinerea Schinz
Senegalia cinerea (Schinz) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed shrub or tree up to 10 m tall. Bark grey to creamy, smooth, sometimes flaking; branchlets densely velvety when young. Thorns sharply hooked, in pairs below the nodes, brown to blackish. Leaves with 6-20 pairs of pinnae, each with 12-30 pairs of small leaflets, greyish-green; petiole with a conspicuous, saucer-shaped gland near the base. Flowers in axillary spikes up to 6.5 cm long, white. Pods straight, flat, leathery, 6-12 cm long, hairless, dehiscent.
Type location:
Notes: Similar to A. erubescens but differing in the much shorter petiole; conspicuous petiolar gland; no glands on the rhachis; more pairs of pinnae and smaller leaflets. It is more restricted to sandy soils.
Derivation of specific name: fleckii: named after geologist E. Fleck, who collected the type specimen in western Botswana.
Habitat: In deciduous woodland and thickets, mostly on Kalahari sand.
Altitude range: 850 - 1370 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and North-West Province, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S,W
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 74 - 75.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 2.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 142 - 143. (Includes a picture).

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

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 240.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 378. (Includes a picture).

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 94 - 95. (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.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 160 - 161. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 59.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 56 - 57. (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 209.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Acacia fleckii., retrieved 18 May 2021

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