Faidherbia albida (Delile) A. Chev.

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Faidherbia albida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park.

Faidherbia albida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park.

Faidherbia albida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park.

Faidherbia albida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park.

Faidherbia albida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park.

Faidherbia albida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Acacia albida Delile
Common names: Ana-tree (English) Apple-ring acacia (English) Musangu (Shona) Musenga (Shona) Umpumbu (Ndebele) Winter thorn (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Large deciduous tree. Bark greenish-grey; young branches, whitish, zig-zagging between the nodes. Thorns straight, up to 2 cm long, paired at the nodes. Leaves with 3-10 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 6-23 pairs per pinna, grey-green; rhachis with glands between each pair of pinnae, no gland on the petiole. Flowers in axillary spikes up to 14 cm, creamy-white. Pods reddish-brown to orange when ripe, characteristically curled and twisted like an apple-peel, indehiscent.
Notes: This tree is very unusual in that it is leafless throughout the rainy season and comes into leaf during the dry winter months.
Derivation of specific name: albida: white, referring to the branchlets
Habitat: Occurring on alluvial soils in woodland and wooded grassland, usually near water.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:May - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal, Also in Egypt and on the Arabian Peninsula.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Deudorix antalus (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 14 February 2007
Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 63 - 65. as Acacia albida (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 210. as Acacia albida

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 130 - 131. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213. as Acacia albida

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 240. As Acacia albida

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 66.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 12. as Acacia albida

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 210.


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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: Faidherbia albida.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126270, retrieved 9 December 2016

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