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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)
Frequency: Locally abundant in the Eastern Highlands
Status: Introduced
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.
Habitat: Grasslands and roadsides
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1500 m
Flowering time:Sep
Worldwide distribution: Native to Australia; naturalised in southern Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Chiasmia simplicilinea (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Friday 24 July 2015

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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).

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

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acacia dealbata
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acacia dealbata., retrieved 21 September 2019

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