African Plant Database

Acacia amythethophylla Steud. ex A. Rich.
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : Fl. Abyss. i. 245. (1847)
Information on the genus : Acacia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Vachellia amythethophylla (Steud. ex A. Rich.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acacia macrothyrsa Harms (1900)
=Vachellia macrothyrsa (Harms) Kyal. & Boatwr. (2013)
=Acacia buchananii Harms (1901)
=Acacia dalzielii Craib (1912)
=Acacia prorsispinula Stapf (1906)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 4-12 m, or much-branched lax shrub to 5 m tall with trunk free to 8 m, 35 cm Ø; crown crounded, spreading; bark greyish, rough, fissured; stipules spinescent straight, usually in pairs, sometimes absent;
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Ecology : Deciduous savanna woodland; savanna forest, sometimes forming thorny thickets; wooded grassland; dambos, rocky savanna, alluvial plains (Zaire); Albizia zygia and Combretum woodlands (S Sudan, Kenya); rocky hillsides; (30-)600-2000 m alt. etc...
  Variable in pubescence of branchlets, leaf-rhachides and inflorescence-axes; and in size and number of leaflets.
  A. macrothyrsa Harms (with the synonyms cited above) is still maintained as a separate species by certain flora authors, to distinguish it from A. amythethophylla (only in Ethiopia and Angola) which is lacking the large panicled inflorescences.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 135
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:252 (2012)
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 192
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 444

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • KLOPPER R.R., CHATELAIN C,. & AL. (2006). Checklist Flowering Plants of Sub-Saharan Africa. Sabonet report 42 : 295
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