Faidherbia albida (Delile) A. Chev.

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Faidherbia albida

Photo: Mark Hyde
Near Mahenye Primary School

Faidherbia albida

Photo: Mark Hyde
Near Mahenye Primary School

Faidherbia albida

Photo: Rob Burrett
Lubu Valley, Sebungwe (Binga)

Faidherbia albida

Photo: Rob Burrett
Lubu Valley, Sebungwe (Binga)

Faidherbia albida

Photo: Rob Burrett
Lubu Valley, Sebungwe (Binga)

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Synonyms: Acacia albida Delile
Common names: Ana-tree (English) Apple-ring acacia (English) Winter thorn (English)
Large deciduous tree. Bark greenish-grey; young branches, whitish, zig-zagging between the nodes. Thorns straight, up to 2 cm long, paired at the nodes. Leaves with 3-10 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 6-23 pairs per pinna, grey-green; rhachis with glands between each pair of pinnae, no gland on the petiole. Flowers in axillary spikes up to 14 cm, creamy-white. Pods reddish-brown to orange when ripe, characteristically curled and twisted like an apple-peel, indehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: albida: whitish, referring to the branchlets
Altitude range:
Flowering time:May - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal, Also in Egypt and on the Arabian Peninsula.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Deudorix antalus (Food plant)
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 63 - 65. as Acacia albida (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 210. as Acacia albida

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 185. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 130 - 131. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213. as Acacia albida

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 240. As Acacia albida

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 122 - 123. (Includes a picture).

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 45.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 66.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 12. as Acacia albida

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 210.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Faidherbia albida.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126270, retrieved 15 July 2024

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