Acacia pilispina Pic. Serm.

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Acacia pilispina

Photo: Patricia Bingham

Acacia pilispina

Photo: Patricia Bingham

Acacia pilispina

Photo: Mike Bingham
Kalabo District, Bulozi plain.

Acacia pilispina

Photo: Mike Bingham
Kalabo District, Bulozi plain.

Acacia pilispina

Photo: Mike Bingham
Namwala District, Banamwanze

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Status: Native
Description:
A small tree about 5-15m high, crown flat and spreading. Young branches with a dense covering of spreading grey hairs; trunk and older branches with a yellow powdery covering which rubs off to expose smooth green succulent bark. The paired stipular spines are also hairy except towards the tips. Leaves with mostly 8-16 pairs of pinnae, with 14-28 leaflet pairs. Pods flat, dehiscent, grey-brown, 5-12.5 cm × 1.2-2.9 cm., valves papery.
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Derivation of specific name: pilispina: spines pilose (with short stiff hairs).
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Flowering time:May – Jul
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Tanzania, D.R. Congo Katanga, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Literature:

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 100 - 101.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 187. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 92 - 93.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acacia pilispina
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acacia pilispina
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acacia pilispina
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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: Acacia pilispina.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=186360, retrieved 16 April 2024

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