African Plant Database

Acacia gerrardii Benth.
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : Trans. Linn. Soc. London 30(3): 508 (1875) 
Information on the genus : Acacia
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Acacia gerrardii Benth. var. gerrardii
 Acacia gerrardii Benth. subsp. gerrardii
 Vachellia gerrardii (Benth.) P.J.H. Hurter (2008)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acacia hebecladoides Harms
=Acacia subtomentosa De Wild. (1925)
Taxon infra-specific
Acacia gerrardii Benth. var. gerrardii
Acacia gerrardii var. latisiliqua Brenan
Acacia gerrardii var. calvescens Brenan
Acacia gerrardii Benth. subsp. gerrardii
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub 0,5-3 m tall, but more often a tree (5-)10-15 m tall with ascending branches and tufted leaves; trunk 20-30 cm Ø; bark ± black, rough, fissured, younger branches with smooth and wrinkled bark ("like an elephant's trunk");
  see more in the book
Ecology : Wooded savanna on sand; woodland, wooded grassland; gregarious on alkaline grey clays in tall grass savanna, above 600 m alt. (Sudan); common on eroded basement complex or clay plain soils (Jebel Marra, Sudan); etc...
  Variable in pubescence of young growth and of pods, in width of pods. Often difficult to distinguish from A. robusta.
  Botswana, S. Africa, Swaziland. - Subsp. negevensis Zohary (= A. iraqensis Rech. fil.) in Israel, Iraq, Kuwait; its var. najdensis now included in A. pachyceras O. Schwartz var. najdensis (Chaudhary) Boulos (Kew Bull. 50: 336, 1995).
  Comprises 3 vars. [see more in the book]

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:254 (2012)
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména
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