Acacia fleckii Schinz

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Acacia fleckii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acacia fleckii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acacia fleckii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acacia fleckii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acacia fleckii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tributary of Kame River, by road to Khami Ruins

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Synonyms: Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd. var. tomentosa sensu Baker f.
Acacia cinerea Schinz
Senegalia cinerea (Schinz) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Common names: Blade thorn (English)
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed shrub or tree up to 10 m tall. Bark grey to creamy, smooth, sometimes flaking; branchlets densely velvety when young. Thorns sharply hooked, in pairs below the nodes, brown to blackish. Leaves with 6-20 pairs of pinnae, each with 12-30 pairs of small leaflets, greyish-green; petiole with a conspicuous, saucer-shaped gland near the base. Flowers in axillary spikes up to 6.5 cm long, white. Pods straight, flat, leathery, 6-12 cm long, hairless, dehiscent.
Notes: Similar to A. erubescens but differing in the much shorter petiole; conspicuous petiolar gland; no glands on the rhachis; more pairs of pinnae and smaller leaflets. It is more restricted to sandy soils.
Derivation of specific name: fleckii: named after geologist E. Fleck, who collected the type specimen in western Botswana.
Habitat: In deciduous woodland and thickets, mostly on Kalahari sand.
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and North-West Province, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 74 - 75.

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

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 142 - 143. (Includes a picture).

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

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 378. (Includes a picture).

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 94 - 95. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 160 - 161. (Includes a picture).

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 56 - 57. (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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acacia fleckii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acacia fleckii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acacia fleckii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Acacia fleckii., retrieved 17 June 2019

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