African Plant Database

Acacia tortilis var. spirocarpa
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : Kew Bull. 12: 88 (1957)
Information on the genus : Acacia
Basionym : Acacia spirocarpa Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Acacia spirocarpa Hochst. ex A. Rich. (1847)
 Acacia tortilis f. spirocarpa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Roberty
 Acacia tortilis subsp. spirocarpa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Brenan
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acacia spirocarpa var. major Schweinf.
=Vachellia tortilis subsp. spirocarpa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Kyal. & Boatwr. (2013)
=Acacia pappii Gand. (1913)
=*Acacia tortilis auct.
=Acacia petersiana Bolle (1861)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Medium to large-sized tree to 20 m with a conspicuously flattened umbrella-shaped crown when mature, trunk 30-40(-75) cm Ø, but often a shrub 4-7 m tall, young branchlets pubescent, pods small, long, thin, laxly curved, velvety-hairy, glandular;
Ecology : Lowland and medium-altitude deciduous bushland, woodland and wooded grassland; dry bushland, Acacia grassland, semi-desert scrub, very often along rivers and luggas, common in places (Kenya); on sandy alluvium associated with larger rivers, etc...
  The most widespread subspecies, in NE, E and S parts of range.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 2: (1992).
  • KLOPPER R.R., CHATELAIN C,. & AL. (2006). Checklist Flowering Plants of Sub-Saharan Africa. Sabonet report 42 : 298
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Record n°67293 modified 2007-03-29
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