Acacia seyal Delile
var. fistula (Schweinf.) Oliv.

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Acacia seyal var. fistula

Photo: Warren McCleland
Rio Muacamula, Macomia District, Cabo Delgado.

Acacia seyal var. fistula

Photo: Warren McCleland
Rio Muacamula, Macomia District, Cabo Delgado.

Acacia seyal var. fistula

Photo: Warren McCleland
Rio Muacamula, Macomia District, Cabo Delgado.

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Synonyms: Acacia fistula Schweinf.
Common names:
A small tree to 9 m tall. The bark is smooth, consisting of a thin whitish or reddish-brown powdery covering, which rubs off to expose green succulent under bark. Typically branches in the lower 1 m or more are burned off, while the trunk remains unscarred. The paired spines are straight, white, and in var. fistula often fused and swollen at the base forming ant-galls. The flowers are in bright yellow globose heads. Pods linear-falcate, 7-22 cm long, more or less constricted between the seeds, hairless but with some sessile glands.
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Altitude range: Up to 1220 m
Flowering time:Jun - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Sudan and Somalia through eastern Africa to Mozambique, Malawi and the Kafue River basin in Zambia.
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Sunday 21 August 2016

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 88 - 89.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 188. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Acacia seyal var. fistula., retrieved 23 March 2023

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