Acacia stuhlmannii Taub.

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Acacia stuhlmannii

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, S Africa.

Acacia stuhlmannii

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, S Africa.

Acacia stuhlmannii

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, S Africa.

Acacia stuhlmannii

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, S Africa.

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Synonyms: Vachellia stuhlmannii (Taub.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Vlei thorn (English)
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed, spreading shrub, usually 1-3 m. Young branchlets conspicuously covered in dense golden hairs; older branches with white lenticels. Spines more or less straight, up to 4 cm long, in pairs at the nodes, often hairy, particularly near the base. Leaves c. 6 × 2 cm with 6-12 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 6-16 pairs per pinna, densely hairy on the rhachis. Flowers in white spherical heads at the nodes, usually appearing before the leaves. Pods short, somewhat leathery, densely covered in yellowish hairs, indehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: stuhlmannii: named after Franz Ernst Stuhlmann, one time Acting Governor of Tanganyika and an avid collector of plants.
Habitat: In clay-like and silty soils around pans and vleis.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 600 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia with a very much separate population, confined to the Shashe-Limpopo area of eastern Botswana, southern Zimbabwe and northern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Page 110.

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 241.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 60.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 126 - 127. (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 stuhlmannii., retrieved 25 June 2024

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