Acacia erubescens Welw. ex Oliv.

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Acacia erubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tonorai primary School, rd to Birchough Bridge, Save Valley

Acacia erubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tonorai primary School, rd to Birchough Bridge, Save Valley

Acacia erubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tonorai primary School, rd to Birchough Bridge, Save Valley

Acacia erubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tonorai primary School, rd to Birchough Bridge, Save Valley

Acacia erubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tonorai primary School, rd to Birchough Bridge, Save Valley

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Synonyms: Acacia dulcis Marloth & Engl.
Senegalia erubescens (Welw. ex Oliv.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Blue thorn (English) Gowe (Ndebele)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized, often multi-stemmed tree. Stem pale, fissured with a distinctly flaking bark, even on the smaller branches. Thorns hooked, c. 6 cm, in pairs at the nodes. Leaves not large, up to 6 × 4 cm, with 4-7 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 10-25 pairs per pinna, often slightly curved; petiole fairly long, c. 1.3 cm to the first pinnae, with a raised gland near the base. Flowers in axillary spikes, white, before or with the new leaves. Pods straight, more or less oblong with conspicuous venation, leathery, pointed at the apex, dehiscent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: erubescens: reddening, rose. possibly referring to the young pods.
Habitat: In hot dry areas
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 900 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 14 February 2007
Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 73 - 74.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 140 - 141. (Includes a picture).

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

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

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 377. (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 52 - 53. (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 209.


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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 erubescens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125880, retrieved 26 August 2016

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