Acacia amythethophylla Steud. ex A. Rich.

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Acacia amythethophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
In industrial site, Vumba rd near Mutare

Acacia amythethophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
In industrial site, Vumba rd near Mutare

Acacia amythethophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
In industrial site, Vumba rd near Mutare

Acacia amythethophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
In industrial site, Vumba rd near Mutare

Acacia amythethophylla

Photo: Rob Burrett
Penhalonga, E Zimbabwe

Acacia amythethophylla

Photo: Rob Burrett
Penhalonga, E Zimbabwe

Acacia amythethophylla

Photo: Rob Burrett
Penhalonga, E Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Acacia buchananii Harms
Acacia macrothyrsa Harms
Vachellia amythethophylla (Steud. ex A. Rich.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Large-leaved acacia (English)
Description: Shrub or tree to 7 m. Thorns in pairs at nodes, black, straight, short and inconspicuous. Leaves large (15-30 cm); pinnae 7-14 pairs. Inflorescence large, terminal, much-branched, composed of orange-yellow spherical heads. Fruit flat, dehiscent.
Notes: This is a very distinctive late-flowering species with large leaves and a large panicles of golden heads.
Derivation of specific name: amythethophylla: from the Greek (amuthos - without words or countless, phyllon - leaf) and refers to the large number of leaflets.
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: From West Africa eastwards to Sudan and Ethiopia, southwards to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Image last updated: Sunday 30 May 2010
Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 85 - 86. as Acacia macrothyrsa

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 246 - 249. as Acacia macrothyrsa (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 214. as Acacia macrothyrsa

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 241. As Acacia macrothyrsa

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 48 - 49. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 13. as Acacia buchananii (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 32 - 33. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Acacia amythethophylla
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African Plant Database: Acacia amythethophylla
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Acacia amythethophylla
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Acacia amythethophylla
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acacia amythethophylla
Ispot Southern Africa : Acacia amythethophylla
JSTOR Plant Science: Acacia amythethophylla
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acacia amythethophylla
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acacia amythethophylla
Tropicos: Acacia amythethophylla
West African Plants database: Acacia amythethophylla


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Acacia amythethophylla.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=125770, retrieved 30 May 2016

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