Acacia ataxacantha DC.

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Acacia ataxacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ruia River crossing, Kariba

Acacia ataxacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ruia River crossing, Kariba

Acacia ataxacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ruia River crossing, Kariba

Acacia ataxacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ruia River crossing, Kariba

Acacia ataxacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Synonyms: Acacia lugardiae N.E. Br.
Senegalia ataxacantha (DC.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Flame thorn (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling or climbing shrub, rarely a small tree. Hooked prickles are scattered along the stems and the leaf rhachis. Leaves with 8-15 pairs of pinnae; petiole with a stalked gland at the base. Flowers in axillary spikes creamy-white. Pod straight, slender, papery reddish-brown, dehiscent.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In dry wooded grassland and rocky hillsides, often forming thickets in "jesse bush".
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal.
Mozambique distribution: N,T,GI,M
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 31 July 2007

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 65 - 66.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 209. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 134 - 135. (Includes a picture).

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

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

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 90 - 91. (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 44.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 59.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 36 - 37. (Includes a picture).

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 209.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Acacia ataxacantha., retrieved 11 December 2023

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