Acacia nigrescens Oliv.

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Acacia nigrescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls

Acacia nigrescens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Rd to Chisumbanje, Save Valley

Acacia nigrescens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Rd to Chisumbanje, Save Valley

Acacia nigrescens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Rd to Chisumbanje, Save Valley

Acacia nigrescens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Rd to Chisumbanje, Save Valley

Acacia nigrescens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Rd to Chisumbanje, Save Valley

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Synonyms: Acacia pallens (Benth.) Rolfe
Common names: Chinanga (Shona) Gakaunga (Shona) Isinanga (Ndebele) Katopa (Ndebele) Knob thorn (English) Muguhunga (Shona) Mukaya (Shona) Mukuu (Ndebele) Munanga (Shona) Mupumbu (Ndebele) Umkhayamhlophe (Ndebele)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Medium to large, deciduous tree. Bark dark brown to almost black. The trunk and main branches often covered in numerous knobs,tipped with a hooked prickle. Thorns strongly hooked, in pairs at the nodes. Leaves with 2-3 pairs of pinna, each with only 1-2 pairs of oval to near-circular leaflets. Flowers in long spikes, white, sweetly scented, appearing in great profusion before the leaves. Pod straight, pointed at the apex, dark brown, dehiscent. Note: the leaflets are the largest of any Acacia. See A. burkei and A. mellifera for comparison.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: nigrescens: 'becoming black', thought to refer to either the colour of the thorns or the pods
Habitat: In hot and dry woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1290 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Tanzania to KwaZulu-Natal and West to Botswana and the Caprivi of Namibia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 11 March 2007
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acacia nigrescens
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acacia nigrescens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126070, retrieved 2 August 2014

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