Author: David Becking

Acacia erubescens, Senegalia erubescens

General Info This semi-deciduous Tree may reach 10m high.  Bipinnate Leaves with non-spinescent stipules.  Bisexual, regular Flowers are in spikes with many free stamens.  Fruit: straight dehiscent pod.  Seeds are Compressed. Description Acacia erubescens, Senegalia erubescens, Acacia dulcis, Acacia kwebensis, Acacia longipetiolata. RSA Tree No. 164. Common names: Blouhaak, Blue Acacia, Blue Thorn, Yellow bark, Soetdoring. Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae.  (Pea, bean or legume family). After the Orchidaceae and the Asteraceae, the Fabaceae is the third largest Angiosperm (flowering plants) family with 700+ genera and close to 20 000 species.  Local Tree genera include Acacia (Vauchellia, Senegalia), Albizia, Bauhinia, Bolusanthus, Burkea, Calpurnia, Colophospermum,...

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Acacia erioloba, Vachellia erioloba

General Info Tree to 10+m high. Bipinnate Leaves have spinescent stipules.  Tiny actinomorphic Flowers with exserted stamens are in golden yellow spherical spikes.  Fruit: distinctive ear-shaped pod. Description Acacia erioloba, Vachellia erioloba, Acacia giraffe RSA Tree No. 168. Common names: Camel thorn – because giraffe (camel horse: Afrikaans: kameelperd) ate the leaves, kameeldoring, Giraffe Tree, Giraffe Thorn. Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae.  (Pea, bean or legume family).  After the Orchidaceae and the Asteraceae, the Fabaceae is the third largest Angiosperm (flowering plants) family with 700+ genera and close to 20 000 species.  Local Tree genera include Acacia (Vauchellia, Senegalia), Albizia, Bauhinia, Bolusanthus, Burkea, Calpurnia,...

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Acacia caffra

General Info This Tree may reach 14m high with short, curved, paired thorns. Leaves are bipinnate.  Small creamy to yellowish, actinomorphic Flowers in spikes with exserted stamens. Fruit: flat pod with compressed Seeds. Description Acacia caffra, Senegalia caffra, Mimosa caffra, Acacia fallax, Acacia multijuga RSA Tree No. 162. Common names: Common Hook-thorn, Cat thorn, Wag-‘n-bietjie, White Thorn. Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae.  (Pea, bean or legume family).  After the Orchidaceae and the Asteraceae, the Fabaceae is the third largest Angiosperm (flowering plants) family with 700+ genera and close to 20 000 species.  Local Tree genera include Acacia (Vauchellia, Senegalia), Albizia, Bauhinia, Bolusanthus, Burkea,...

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Acacia burkei

Tree up to 30m with pairs of vicious, strongly hooked thorns. Leaves are bipinnate and their stipules are not spinescent. Flowers are small and in spikes and the calyx becomes reddish. The numerous stamens protrude. Fruit is a straightish dehiscent pod.

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Acacia ataxacantha

Tree to 15m with furrowed trunk with single scattered recurved thorns. Leaves are bipinnate. The creamy white flowers are small and in spikes. Each has many protruding stamens. Fruit is an initially red pod.

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