Acacia sieberiana DC.
var. sieberiana

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Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Dimbangombe, near Hwange

Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Dimbangombe, near Hwange

Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Dimbangombe, near Hwange

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Synonyms: Vachellia sieberiana (DC.) Kyal. & Boatwr. var. sieberiana
Common names: False paperbark thorn (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized tree. Bark grey, rough on the older trunk, peeling off the branches to reveal a yellowish layer underneath. Thorns paired at the nodes, straight, often very long (up to 15 cm). Leaves compound, large with 8-20 pairs of pinnae; leaflets pale green or yellowish-green. Flowers in axillary, globose heads, creamy-white. Pods large, thick and woody, sometimes splitting long after they have fallen and dried.
Var. sieberiana differs from var. woodii in the young branchlets being glabrous or nearly so (hairy, often densely so, in var. woodii) and the branches of the crown usually ascending (usually widely spreading in var. woodii).
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: sieberiana: after botanist FW Sieber (1789 - 1844).
Habitat:
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Ethiopia and southwards Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and northern Botswana.
Malawi distribution: N,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Axiocerses tjoane tjoane (Food plant)
Anthene amarah amarah (Food plant)
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Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 107 - 108.

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).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 2.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 2.

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Flora of Caprivi: Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acacia sieberiana
African Plant Database: Acacia sieberiana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Acacia sieberiana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Acacia sieberiana
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iNaturalist: Acacia sieberiana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acacia sieberiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Acacia sieberiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acacia sieberiana
Plants of the World Online: Acacia sieberiana
Tropicos: Acacia sieberiana
Wikipedia: Acacia sieberiana


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: Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=180570, retrieved 22 April 2024

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