Acacia goetzei Harms
subsp. microphylla Brenan

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Synonyms: Acacia joachimii Harms
Acacia ulugurensis Harms
Acacia van-meelii Gilbert & Boutique
Senegalia goetzei (Harms) Kyal. & Boatwr. subsp. microphylla (Brenan) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Chitataunga (Shona) Mupumbu (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Purple-pod thorn (English)
Status: Native
This subspecies can be distinguished from subsp. goetzei by the more numerous (8-23 pairs) leaflets, which are narrower and oblong, usually less than 3 mm wide. There are normally glands on the rhachis between the top 3-5 pairs of pinnae, while in subsp. goetzei there is one a gland between the top pair of pinnae. Both subspecies have a similar, overlapping distribution.
Derivation of specific name: goetzei: after Walter Goetze (1872-1899), German naturalist, explorer, photographer and collector of botanical and zoological specimens in Tanzania.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 77 - 78.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 205. (Includes a picture).

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.

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.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 64 - 67. (Includes a picture).

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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: Species information: Acacia goetzei subsp. microphylla., retrieved 26 May 2024

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