Acacia exuvialis I. Verd.

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Acacia exuvialis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Acacia exuvialis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Acacia exuvialis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Synonyms: Vachellia exuvialis (I. Verd.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Flaky-bark thorn (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark peeling in orange-brown papery strips. Thorns paired, straight, up to 7 cm. long, whitish, often somewhat inflated near the base. Leaves with 2-4 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 3-6 pairs per pinna, oblong, 4-10 mm long, largest leaflets at the ends of the pinnae; apex rounded with a small sharp tip; glands present on the rhachis between each pair of pinnae. Flowers in bright yellow spherical axillary heads. Pods more or less strongly sickle-shaped, flattened and somewhat constricted between the seeds, up to c. 5 × 1 cm, glands inconspicuous or absent, dehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: exuvialis: peeling or flaking, referring to the bark.
Habitat: In mixed, dry deciduous woodland, often in gravelly soils or on rocky ridges.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: SE Zimbabwe, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Thursday 22 January 2009

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Page 90.

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 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acacia exuvialis
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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 exuvialis., retrieved 23 February 2018

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