African Plant Database

Faidherbia albida (Delile) A. Chev.
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : Rev. Bot. Appl. 14: 876 (1934)
Information on the genus : Faidherbia
Basionym : Acacia albida Delile
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Acacia albida Delile (1813)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Faidherbia albida var. glabra Nongon.
=Faidherbia albida var. pseudoglabra Nongon.
=Acacia mossambicensis Bolle
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 6-30 m; mature trees with rounded crown and spreading branches; juvenile trees with markedly zigzag and appressed branches, besom-like in habit; bole straight to abourt a third of the overall height, 80-100 cm Ø;
  see more in the book
Ecology : Wide range of habitats from the fringing vegetation on alluvial soils of perennial or seasonal watercourses to open savanna woodland and cultivated lands; occurs singly or gregariously and may either dominate the community; ...
  Namibia, Caprivi Strip, S. Africa; Morocco (Jebel Ouarkziz: 28°40' N x 8°35' W), S Algeria, Egypt (See Candollea 41: 184-190, 1986). - Introduced into Libya (Serdeles: one tree seen from 1822 to 1957, and probably after; [see more in the book]
  Sometime grown as a hedge, and as a shade-tree for coffee, peppers and yams.
  Faidherbia sheds its leaves at the start of the rainy season, putting on new foliage when the dry season starts; this phenomenon is very rare amongst the African arborescent flora (e.g. Salix subserrata on Jebel Marra, Sudan; [see more in the book]

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • WICKENS, G. E. (1969). A study of Acacia albida Del. (Mimosoideae). Kew Bull. 23(2): [181-202]
  • GREUTER, W., M. BURDET & G.LONG (1989). MED-CHECKLIST. [vol. 4] Conservatoire & Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève. [p.91]
  • BARRY J. P. & J. C. CELLES (1991). Flore de Mauritanie. Institut supérieur scientifique de Nouakchott - Université de Nice. [p.210]
  • LEBRUN, J. P. (1998). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires de la Mauritanie et du Sahara occidental. Boissiera 55: [127]
  • FENNANE, M. & M. IBN TATTOU (1998). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires rares, menacées ou endémiques du Maroc. Bocconea 8: [121]
  • BOULOS, L. (1999). FLORA OF EGYPT. [vol. 1] Al Harara Publishing. Cairo. [p.371]
  • SAHKI, A. & R.SAHKI (2004). Le Hoggar, promenade botanique Esope Eds. [p.24]
  • FENNANE, M. & M. IBN TATTOU (2005). Flore vasculaire du Maroc. Inventaire et chorologie. Trav. Inst. Sci. Univ. Mohammed V, Sér. Bot. 37: [199]
  • FENNANE, M., M. IBN TATTOU, A. OUYAHYA & J. EL OUALIDI (éd.) (2007). Flore Pratique du Maroc [vol.2] Fl. Prat. Maroc 2: [38]
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Record n°62154 modified 2007-04-17
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