Acacia tortilis (Forssk.) Hayne
subsp. spirocarpa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Brenan

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Synonyms: Acacia spirocarpa Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Common names: Umbrella thorn (English)
Status: Native
Medium to large tree with a distinct flat topped, umbrella shape. It is generally a larger tree than subsp. heteracantha, except where young specimens are heavily browsed upon by large game on a regular basis. The pods of subsp. spirocarpa are more laxly curled and covered in velvety hairs and small red glands. The young branches are also pubescent.
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Habitat: Occurring in open savannah woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 102 - 103.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 180 - 182. (Includes a picture).

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 241.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 60.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 132 - 134. (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 tortilis subsp. spirocarpa., retrieved 26 October 2016

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