Author: David Becking

Acacia erioloba, Vachellia erioloba

General Info Tree may reach in 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 Tree 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 genera include Acacia (Vauchellia, Senegalia), Albizia, Bauhinia, Bolusanthus, Burkea, Calpurnia, Colophospermum,...

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Acacia caffra

General Info Tree may reach 14m high. Short, paired thorns are curved. Leaves are bipinnate. Small creamy to yellowish, actinomorphic Flowers are in spikes with exserted stamens. Fruit: a flat pod with compressed Seeds. Description Tree 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 genera include Acacia (Vauchellia, Senegalia), Albizia, Bauhinia, Bolusanthus,...

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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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