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
Common names: Large-leaved acacia (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
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.
Habitat: In open miombo woodland, often on poor, stony soils
Altitude range: (metres) 970 - 1540 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: From West Africa eastwards to Sudan and Ethiopia, southwards to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Sunday 30 May 2010
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 48 - 49. (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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acacia amythethophylla.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125770, retrieved 18 April 2014

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