African Plant Database

Acacia kirkii Oliv.
Family : Mimosaceae
Information on the genus : Acacia
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Acacia kirkii Oliv. var. kirkii
 Acacia nilotica var. kirkii (Oliv.) Roberty
 Acacia kirkii Oliv. subsp. kirkii
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Vachellia kirkii (Oliv.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
=Acacia harmsiana Dinter (1917)
=Acacia kirkii var. intermedia Brenan (1958)
=Acacia verrucifera Harms
Taxon infra-specific
Acacia kirkii Oliv. var. kirkii
Acacia kirkii subsp. mildbraedii (Harms) Brenan
Acacia kirkii var. sublaevis Brenan
Acacia kirkii Oliv. subsp. kirkii
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 2,5-15(-18) m, with spreading arcuate branches, or many-stemmed shrub branching from near the base; crown flat; bark translucent greenish, orange-yellow or grey, papery, peeling off to show greenish underbark;
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Ecology : Woodland, wooded grassland, mixed scrub; often in seasonally flooded alluvium by rivers and lakes, riverine or ground-water forest, swamp-forest; on nutrient-rich, silty kaolinitic clay to black cracking clays; 1980 m (E. Africa), etc...
  Variable in: pubescence of thorns and leaves; width of pods; prominence of the wart-like projections on the pods.
  Caprivi Strip, Namibia, Botswana.
  Comprises 2 subspp. - Subsp. mildbraedii (Harms) Brenan (syn.: A. semlikiensis De Wild.). - Subsp. kirkii: varieties not clearly separated.
  Cultivated as an ornamental in Zaire.
  A hybrid A. kirkii x A. seyal reported from Kenya (Machakos area, K4), on grey clay by stream-side in hill country; 1520 m alt.
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carte afrique num 177015
Record n°177015
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