African Plant Database

Acacia tortilis subsp. heteracantha (Burch.) Brenan
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : Kew Bull. 12: 88 (1957)
Information on the genus : Acacia
Basionym : Acacia heteracantha Burch.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Acacia heteracantha Burch. (1822)
 Vachellia tortilis subsp. heteracantha (Burch.) Kyal. & Boatwr. (2013)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acacia litakunensis Burch. (1824)
=Acacia maras Engl. (1889)
=Acacia spirocarpoides Engl. (1889)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Small to medium-sized tree (3-10 m) often with a divided trunk, or a compact bush if browsed, crown rounded, pods narrow, tightly coiled, glabrous, eglandular; in S and SW part of range.
Ecology : In various woodland and bushland types in open habitats or disturbed areas (as a pioneer plant); around pans on enriched sandy soils, also in desert areas on shallow gravelly basalt soils; can be invasive in old cultivations; closely associated with lives

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 91 (1985).
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 298 (2006).
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Record n°67292 modified 2007-03-29
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