Acacia eriocarpa Brenan

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Acacia eriocarpa

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Acacia eriocarpa

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Senegalia eriocarpa (Brenan) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Woolly-pod acacia (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Rather straggly shrub or small, multi-stemmed tree. Young branchlets densely yellowish-grey velvety. Hooked prickles scattered along the branches and the leaf rhachis. Leaves with 4-7 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 4-15 pairs per pinna, oblong-elliptic, up to 18 × 9 mm, green-green, finely hairy; petiole with a gland near the base. Flowers in short axillary spikes, creamy-white. Pods often in clusters, yellow-brown, densely hairy, 6-12 cm, dehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: eriocarpa: with woolly fruits
Habitat: In dry woodland and scrub; a typical constituent of "jesse bush" in the middle Zambezi Valley.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 900 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 66 - 67.

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 240.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 46 - 47. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Mozambique: Acacia eriocarpa
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acacia eriocarpa
African Plant Database: Acacia eriocarpa
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JSTOR Plant Science: Acacia eriocarpa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acacia eriocarpa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acacia eriocarpa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Acacia eriocarpa
Tropicos: Acacia eriocarpa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acacia eriocarpa., retrieved 16 July 2018

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