Acacia goetzei Harms
subsp. goetzei

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Acacia goetzei subsp. goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

Acacia goetzei subsp. goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

Acacia goetzei subsp. goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

Acacia goetzei subsp. goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

Acacia goetzei subsp. goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

Acacia goetzei subsp. goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

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Synonyms: Acacia mossambicensis sensu Wild
Acacia welwitschii sensu Eyles
Senegalia goetzei (Harms) Kyal. & Boatwr. subsp. goetzei
Common names: Chitataunga (Shona) Mupumbu (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Purple-pod thorn (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized or large tree. Stem grey to brown, somewhat rough and fissured, often with small raised thorn-tipped bosses. Thorns downward-hooked, in pairs at the nodes, blackish, up to c. 5 mm long. Leaves (for this subspecies) not large, up to c. 6 × 4 cm, with 3-5 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 3-6 pairs per pinna, 3-4 mm wide, paler blue-green below, widest near the apex, distinctly asymmetric at the base; small thorns are often present on the rhachis below. Flowers in axillary spikes, creamy white, with the leaves. Pods straight, up to 18 × 3.5 cm, almost hairless, often with a wavy margin, leathery to slightly woody, dark red to purple-brown, dehiscent.
Notes: Note: the leaves of this species are quite variable and specimens with many more smaller leaflets are separated as A. goetzei subsp.microphylla.
Derivation of specific name: goetzei: named after German botanist and collector W. Goetze, who collected the type specimen in Tanzania.
Habitat: Occurring in various types of wooded grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Monday 31 May 2010
Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 76 - 77.

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 92.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 64 - 66. (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 goetzei subsp. goetzei.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125930, retrieved 10 December 2016

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