Acacia gerrardii Benth.
var. gerrardii

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Acacia gerrardii var. gerrardii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Near Monavale Vlei

Acacia gerrardii var. gerrardii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Near Monavale Vlei

Acacia gerrardii var. gerrardii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Near Monavale Vlei

Acacia gerrardii var. gerrardii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Near Monavale Vlei

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Synonyms: Vachellia gerrardii (Benth.) P.J.H. Hurter
Common names: Grey-haired acacia (English) Ikope (Ndebele) Isanqawe (Ndebele) Red thorn (English) Uhahla (Ndebele)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small tree with distinctly ascending branches. Young branches robust, densely covered in tufted leaves and grey velvety hairs; Spines paired, mostly straight, c. 1.5 cm but some pairs long and somewhat recurved. Leaves tufted on woody cushions, up 6 × 4 cm with 5-9 pairs of pinnae, bearing many small, finely pubescent leaflets. Flowers in axillary clusters of spherical heads, white. Pod 8-15 cm, sickle-shaped, narrow, rounded, not woody, covered in grey velvety hairs, dehiscent.
Notes: Note: this is a variable species, not easily identified, most easily confused with Acacia robusta or A. luederitzii. The latter is restricted to Kalahari sand, where A. gerrardii does not occur.
Derivation of specific name: gerrardii: named after William T. Gerrard, English traveller and naturalist, who collected the type specimen in KwaZulu-Natal
Habitat: In woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Throughout most of Tropical Africa to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Anthene amarah amarah (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 10 March 2007
Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 105 - 106. as Acacia gerrardii

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. As Acacia gerrardii

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 60 - 63. (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 gerrardii var. gerrardii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125920, retrieved 30 May 2016

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