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Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn.
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 271 (1834)
Information on the genus : Dichrostachys
Basionym : Mimosa cinerea L.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Mimosa cinerea L. (1753)
 Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn. subsp. cinerea (1834)
 Cailliea cinerea (L.) Roberty
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Dichrostachys glomerata (Forssk.) Chiov.
=Mimosa glomerata Forssk.
Taxon infra-specific
Dichrostachys cinerea var. africana
Dichrostachys cinerea var. pubescens Brenan & Brummitt
Dichrostachys cinerea var. setulosa (Welw. ex Oliv.) Brenan & Brummitt
Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn. subsp. cinerea (1834)
Dichrostachys cinerea subsp. nyassana (Taub.) Brenan
Dichrostachys cinerea var. plurijuga Brenan & Brummitt
Dichrostachys cinerea var. tanganyikensis Brenan & Brummitt
Dichrostachys cinerea subsp. keniensis Brenan & Brummitt
Dichrostachys cinerea var. argillicola
Dichrostachys cinerea subsp. forbesii (Benth.) Brenan & Brummitt
Dichrostachys cinerea subsp. platycarpa (Welw. ex W. Bull) Brenan & Brummitt (1965)
Dichrostachys cinerea subsp. africana Brenan & Brummitt
Dichrostachys cinerea subsp. argillicola Brenan & Brummitt
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree 1-8(-12) m tall, sometimes suckering and thicket-forming or ever scandent, with rough bark and armed with spines terminating short lateral spreading twigs which often bear leaves and flowers;
  see more in the book
Ecology : The total range of ecological tolerance is very great; near sealevel
  Very variable.
  Comprises 7 subspp. in tropical Africa. The infraspecific taxa of D. cinerea are primarily geographical, but there can be little doubt that some of them are ecologically distinct also.
  Cape Verde Islands; Botswana, S. Africa, Namibia; Comoro Islands; Arabia: SW Saudi Arabia, NW and E Yemen; only once recorded from Dhofar and Oman - [see more in the book]
  Infraspecific taxa of D. cinerea in tropical Africa:subsp. africana Brenan & Brummitt var. africana [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 : 158
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 133
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:259 (2012)
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 196
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 438

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Med-Checklist 4: 87 (1989).
  • FENNANE, M. & M. IBN TATTOU (1998). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires rares, menacées ou endémiques du Maroc. Bocconea 8: 121 
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 1: 372 (1999).
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