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Acacia dealbata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Acacia dealbata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

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Common names: Silver wattle (English)
Description: Unarmed shrub or small tree, to 10 m. Leaves grey-pruinose: rhachis bearing glands on upper side, only at the junction of each pair of pinnae. Leaves with c.12-25 pairs of pinnae; leaflets to 5.5 mm, numerous. Flowers bright yellow. Pods not or only slightly beaded.
Notes: An invader particularly in South Africa. In Zimbabwe it is more localised than the closely related A. mearnsii, due to the fact that it was not introduced on a large scale for the tannin industry. For differences between the two species see A. mearnsii. Also see A. melanoxylon for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: dealbata: whitened, referring to the leaves.
Flowering time:Sep
Worldwide distribution: Native to Australia; naturalised in southern Africa
Growth form(s): Tree.
Insects associated with this species: Chiasmia simplicilinea (Food plant)
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Image last updated: Friday 24 July 2015

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Henderson, L. (2001). Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa. Page 219. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 44.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 150 - 151. (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 140 - 143. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Acacia dealbata
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Acacia dealbata
Flora of Mozambique: Acacia dealbata
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Acacia dealbata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acacia dealbata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acacia dealbata
African Plant Database: Acacia dealbata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Acacia dealbata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Acacia dealbata
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iNaturalist: Acacia dealbata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acacia dealbata
JSTOR Plant Science: Acacia dealbata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acacia dealbata
Plants of the World Online: Acacia dealbata
Tropicos: Acacia dealbata
Wikipedia: Acacia dealbata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Acacia dealbata., retrieved 26 May 2024

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