Acacia sieberiana DC.
var. woodii (Burtt Davy) Keay & Brenan

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Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

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Vumba rd, before Burma Valley turn-off

Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

Photo: Rob Burrett

Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

Photo: Rob Burrett

Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Halfway House, Headlands

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Synonyms: Acacia vermoesenii De Wild.
Acacia woodii Burtt Davy
Vachellia sieberiana (DC.) Kyal. & Boatwr. var. woodii (Burtt Davy) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Paperbark acacia (English)
Status: Native
Medium to large tree, often with a flattened canopy. Bark grey, rough and peeling to reveal a yellowish layer underneath. Thorns paired at the nodes, straight. Older trees often appear thornless. Leaves compound, large with 8-20 pairs of pinnae; leaflets pale green or yellowish-green. Flowers in axillary, spherical heads, creamy-white. Pods large, thick and woody, sometimes splitting long after they have fallen and dried.
Derivation of specific name: sieberiana: after botanist Franz Wilhelm Sieber (1789 - 1844); woodii: after John Medley Wood, 1827-1915, who was the curator of the Durban Botanic Gardens from 1882 to 1913.
Habitat: In wooded grassland and woodland, on floodplains and along rivers.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa from tropical West Africa to Sudan and Ethiopia and southwards through East Africa to Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI
Growth form(s): Tree.
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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Content last updated: Sunday 9 August 2009

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Acacia sieberiana var. woodii., retrieved 21 July 2024

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