Acacia borleae Burtt Davy

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Acacia borleae

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mazunga north of Beitbridge.

Acacia borleae

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mazunga north of Beitbridge.

Acacia borleae

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mazunga north of Beitbridge.

Acacia borleae

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mazunga north of Beitbridge.

Acacia borleae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mahenye rd

Acacia borleae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mahenye rd

Acacia borleae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mahenye rd

Acacia borleae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mahenye rd

Acacia borleae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Chipinda Pools in Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve.

Acacia borleae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Chipinda Pools in Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve.

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Synonyms: Vachellia borleae (Burtt Davy) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Sticky acacia (English) Sticky thorn (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Usually a multi-stemmed shrub up to c. 3 m high, rarely a small slender tree up to 5 m. Bark dark reddish-brown; young branches with numerous pale reddish, often sticky glands. Spines paired at the nodes, slender, straight or slightly deflexed, whitish, up to 5 cm long. Leaves alternate, bi-pinnate with 5-10 pairs of pinnae, each with 5-15 pairs of leaflets. Leaflets yellowish-green, 1.5-6.5 mm long with numerous small sticky glands; margins appearing scalloped, due to the presence of the glands; petiole up to 2 cm long without a gland but often with a distinct gland between the lowest pair of pinnae. Flowers in axillary clusters of small bright yellow balls. Pod distinctly curved, sometimes almost forming a circle, slender, up to 8 cm long, constricted between the seeds, covered in reddish sticky glands, dehiscent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: borleae: named after Mrs Jeanne Borle (born 1880), wife of a Swiss missionary, who collected the type specimen in southern Mozambique.
Habitat: In Acacia or Mopane woodland, often on basalt soils, sometimes forming thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) 430 - 610 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 31 January 2015
Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 90 - 91.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 275. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 240.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 146 - 147. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 59.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 38 - 39. (Includes a picture).


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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: Species information: Acacia borleae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125800, retrieved 28 July 2016

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