African Plant Database

Acacia erioloba E. Mey.
Family : Mimosaceae
Information on the genus : Acacia
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Vachellia erioloba (E. Mey.) P.J.H. Hurter (2008)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acacia giraffae var. espinosa Kuntze
=*Acacia giraffae auct. sensu mult., non Willd.sensu mult., non Willd.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree (4-)6-16(-22) m, with trunk to over 1 m Ø and with rounded flat-topped crown to 18 m Ø; occasionally a shrub or sucker form; bark dark, deeply furrowed, often flaking off in thick sections when old;
Ecology : Dry woodland, bush, thornveld, frequently on Kalahari sands and other sands; often the dominant species in Kalahari thornveld; in very dry areas along watercourses; fossil sand dunes; 900-1050 m alt. (Fl. Zambes. area); to 1400 m in Angola.
  Namibia, Caprivi Strip, Botswana, N & W S. Africa.
  COE, M. (2000). Some aspects of the interaction between mammalian herbivores and Acacia erioloba E. Mey. Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Africa 53: 141-147.
  Roots have been reported at a depth of 45 m in a borepole (Namibia). Pods rich in protein, eaten by game and livestock.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. Africa 44: t.1749 (1978).
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see under The Euro-Mediterranean Plant Base
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see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 67175
Record n°67175
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