African Plant Database

Acacia macrostachya Rchb. ex DC.
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : Prodr. (DC.) 2: 459 (1825) 
Notes : G.Don's desciption was done in 1832.
Information on the genus : Acacia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Senegalia macrostachya (Rchb. ex DC.) Kyal. & Boatwr. (2013)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acacia macrostachya var. spinosissima A. Chev.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub, scandent or non-climbing 4-5 m tall, or sometimes a tree 5-15 m; young branchlets densely yellow-rusty-pubescent; stipules not spinescent, soon deciduous; prickles recurved ("rose-like thorns"), scattered along the internodes;
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Ecology : On hard-pan and gravelly soils; "brousse tigrée" on laterite, sometimes on sand or loamy soils (Niger); bushy scrub, wooded savanna on compact sand, and thicket in shallow soil on hard-pan (S Chad); sometimes forming thorny thickets; etc...
  Closely related to A. ataxacantha but differing in having pubescent pods and more pinnae pairs and more leaflets per pinna. Not in Angola (= A. ataxacantha ).

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

Bibliography other :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:184, 255, 326 (2012)
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