African Plant Database

Acacia drepanolobium Harms ex Y. Sjöstedt
Family : Mimosaceae
Information on the genus : Acacia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Vachellia drepanolobium (Harms ex Y. Sjöstedt) P.J.H. Hurter (2008)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acacia lathouwersii Staner (1935)
=Acacia formicarum Harms (1914)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree 1-5(-8) m, slender, with short branches radiating from main stem, or sometimes with a spreading top; young branchlets without powdery inner bark;
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Ecology : Shrub and dwarf-tree grassland, usually on hard-pan grey soils or heavy black soils; grassland, often gregarious over large areas liable to flooding; 20-2680 m alt. (Ethiopia); reported to be tolerant of alkaline soils; etc...
  Variable in pubescence of branchlets, peduncles, flowers, pods; habit varying according to presence or absence of grass fires.
  STANTON, M. L. & al. (1999). Sterilization and canopy modification of a swollen thorn acacia tree by a plant-ant. Nature 401: 578-581. [Summaries in: Le Figaro , 25 octobre 1999, and Spektrum d. Wissenschaft 1999/12: 25, 1999.]
  The most widely distributed Acacia in E Africa with swollen "ant-galls" and cream flowers in heads. Young "galls" and young fruits edible.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Legumes of Africa: a checklist : 65 (1989).
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Record n°67325
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