African Plant Database

Acacia laeta R. Br. ex Benth.
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : London J. Bot. 1: 508 (1842)
Information on the genus : Acacia
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Acacia senegal var. laeta (R. Br. ex Benth.) Roberty
 Senegalia laeta (R. Br. ex Benth.) Seigler & Ebinger (2013)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acacia trentiniani A. Chev. (1900)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree 2-6 m tall; stems smooth; bark grey, not flaking; stipules not spinescent, soon deciduous; prickles in pairs (rarely in threes), hooked, black, short; flowers yellowish-white in spikes (5 cm); pods oblong, venose, dehiscent.
  see more in the book
Ecology : On fossil sandy-clayey folds at the extreme limit of changing water flooding (Mali), and in seepage areas (Mauritania); on (silty) slopes of depressions between dunes on packed sand (Niger, Burkina Fasa), 1500 m alt. (Aïr), etc...
  S Algeria; Egypt, Arabia; Dead Sea region, Israel (Arava Valley).
  Morphologically intermediate between A. mellifera and A. senegal , and probably of hybrid origin (triploid species, 2n=39), but seems to be more closely related to A. mellifera (due to back-crossing ?). [see more in the book]

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso: (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Algérie [Quézel & Santa] 1: 556 (1962).
  • OZENDA, P. (1983). Flore et végétation du Sahara. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.
  • Fl. Afrique N. 16: 33 (1987).
  • Med-Checklist 4: 2 (1989).
  • BARRY J. P. & J. C. CELLES (1991). Flore de Mauritanie. Institut supérieur scientifique de Nouakchott - Université de Nice.
  • LEBRUN, J. P. (1998). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires de la Mauritanie et du Sahara occidental. Boissiera 55: 125
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 1: 366 (1999).
  • SAHKI, A. & R.SAHKI (2004). Le Hoggar, promenade botanique
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