African Plant Database

Acacia mellifera (Vahl) Benth.
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : London J. Bot. 1: 507 (1842)
Information on the genus : Acacia
Basionym : Mimosa mellifera Vahl
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Mimosa mellifera Vahl (1791)
 Acacia mellifera (Vahl) Benth. subsp. mellifera
 Acacia senegal subsp. mellifera (Vahl) Roberty
 Inga mellifera (Vahl) Willd.
 Senegalia mellifera (Vahl) L.A. Silva & J. Freitas (2015)
 Senegalia mellifera (Vahl) Seigler & Ebinger
Taxon infra-specific
Acacia mellifera subsp. detinens (Burch.) Brenan
Acacia mellifera (Vahl) Benth. subsp. mellifera
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 4-8 (-9) m, multi-stemmed, branching low if main stem present; crown rounded, sometimes reaching the ground, with dense blue-green foliage; or obconical shrub to 1-2(-9) m tall;
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Ecology : Deciduous bushland, open bush, dry scrub, often forming thickets; indicator of overgrazing; (40-1200 m in Somalia); on dry hard clay soil plains forming pure stands, or in association with A. laeta, A. senegal, A. nubica, A. seyal in clay plains, etc...
  Egypt; Namibia, Caprivi Strip, S. Africa, Botswana; SW Arabia.
  Comprises 2 subspp. - Subsp. detinens (Burch.) Brenan (syn.: A. tenax Marloth) with fewer pinnae and larger leaflets, in S part of range; in Tanzania where the 2 subspecies meet, intermediates occur, difficult to refer to with certainty.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 441

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Med-Checklist 4: 3 (1989).
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 1: 365 (1999).
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