Acacia sieberiana DC.
var. woodii (Burtt Davy) Keay & Brenan

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Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

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Vumba rd, before Burma Valley turn-off

Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

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Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

Photo: Rob Burrett

Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Halfway House, Headlands

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Synonyms: Acacia vermoesenii De Wild.
Acacia woodii Burtt Davy
Common names: Mubayamhondoro (Shona) Muhunga (Shona) Muzunga (Shona) Paperbark acacia (English) Umlaladwayi (Ndebele) Umpumbu (Ndebele) Umsasane (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Medium to large tree, often with a flattened canopy. Bark grey, rough and peeling to reveal a yellowish layer underneath. Thorns paired at the nodes, straight. Older trees often appear thornless. Leaves compound, large with 8-20 pairs of pinnae; leaflets pale green or yellowish-green. Flowers in axillary, spherical heads, creamy-white. Pods large, thick and woody, sometimes splitting long after they have fallen and dried.
Notes: The variety var. vermoesenii (De Wild.) Keay & Brenan has been sunk under var. woodii.
Derivation of specific name: sieberiana: after botanist FW Sieber (1789 - 1844)
Habitat: In wooded grassland and woodland, on floodplains and along rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) 910 - 1650 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa from tropical West Africa to Sudan and Ethiopia and southwards through East Africa to Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
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)
Anthene amarah amarah (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 11 February 2006

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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 382. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 174 - 175. as Acacia sieberiana (Includes a picture).

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 93.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 122 - 124. (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 sieberiana var. woodii., retrieved 21 October 2016

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