Acacia pilispina Pic. Serm.

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Acacia pilispina

Picture: Patricia Bingham

Acacia pilispina

Picture: Patricia Bingham

Acacia pilispina

Bulozi plain; Nov 2000.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Acacia pilispina

Bulozi plain; Nov 2000.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Acacia pilispina

Banamwanze; Oct 1988.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Frequency: Local occasional
Status: Native
Description:
A small tree about 5-15m high, crown flat and spreading. Young branches with a dense covering of spreading grey hairs; trunk and older branches with a yellow powdery covering which rubs off to expose smooth green succulent bark. The paired stipular spines are also hairy except towards the tips. Leaves with mostly 8-16 pairs of pinnae, with 14-28 leaflet pairs. Pods flat, dehiscent, grey-brown, 5-12.5 cm × 1.2-2.9 cm., valves papery.
Type location:
Ethiopia
Notes: The flush of new foliage in April followed by flowering in May allows instant recognition of this species, which is otherwise similar to Acacia sieberiana and A. rehmanniana
Derivation of specific name: pilispina: spines pilose (with short stiff hairs).
Habitat: Munga woodland, floodplain margins, often in seasonally flooded areas.
Altitude range: 980 - 1200 m
Flowering time:May – Jul
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Tanzania, D.R. Congo Katanga, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,E,C,S,W
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Content last updated: Sunday 15 September 2013
Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 100 - 101.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 187. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 92 - 93.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Acacia pilispina.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=186360, retrieved 21 August 2019

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