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Grey-haired acacia (English)
Red thorn (English)
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, S Africa
Growth form: ST
Red data list status:
Insects (whose larvae eat this species): (Black-striped hairtail) Anthene amarah amarah
Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Saturday 10 March 2007
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Other sources of information about Acacia gerrardii: Flora of Mozambique
Acacia gerrardii African Plant Database
Acacia gerrardii Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Acacia gerrardii EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Acacia gerrardii ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Acacia gerrardii Flora Zambesiaca
Acacia gerrardii Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Acacia gerrardii IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Acacia gerrardii JSTOR Plant Science
Acacia gerrardii Kew Herbarium catalogue
Acacia gerrardii Tropicos
Acacia gerrardii West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acacia gerrardii var. gerrardii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125920, retrieved 22 May 2013
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