Acacia polyacantha Willd.
subsp. campylacantha (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Brenan

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Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha

Photo: Petra Ballings
Gardiner Farm, nr Arcturus

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Synonyms: Acacia caffra sensu Eyles
Acacia campylacantha A. Rich.
Acacia pallens sensu Steedman
Acacia suma sensu Eyles
Common names: Chikwiku (Shona) Chiungadzi (Shona) Kovakova (Shona) Mugone (Shona) Mukwakwa (Shona) Munanga (Shona) White thorn (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Medium-sized to large semi-deciduous tree with a typically layered crown. The bark is pale to dark yellowish-brown, pealing to show whitish inner layers. The thorns are hooked, often persisting on the larger branches and the trunk (see photo top right). The leaf petioles have an oblong flattened gland near the base. Inflorescences axillary, elongated spikes of creamy white flowers. Fruit flat and thin but not papery, splitting while still on the tree.
Derivation of specific name: polyacantha: with many spines
Habitat: In wooded grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1560 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Axiocerses tjoane tjoane (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Monday 14 August 2006

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 17.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 183. as Acacia polyacantha (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 50 - 51. (Includes a picture).


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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 polyacantha subsp. campylacantha., retrieved 19 December 2014

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