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Acacia tortilis (Forssk.) Hayne subsp. heteracantha (Burch.) Brenan


Acacia tortilis subsp heteracantha

Seed pod



Family: Fabaceae
Full name: Acacia tortilis (Forssk.) Hayne subsp. heteracantha (Burch.) Brenan
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Haak-en-steek, Krulpeul, Basterkameeldoring
English common name(s): Umbrella thorn
Synonym(s): Acacia heteracantha Burch.
Acacia litakunensis Burch.
Acacia maras Engl.
Acacia spirocarpoides Engl.
Status: Native
Description: This species is easily distinguished from other Acacias by the coiled pods and the presence of both long straight thorns and short hooked thorns. Subsp. heteracantha is normally a shrub or small to medium sized tree. It is a smaller, more shrubby tree than subsp. spirocarpa, which has less tightly coiled pods and has more pubescent pods and young branches. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)

Tree 2.5-6(10) m high; young branchlets shortly pubescent with hairs usually less than 0.25 mm long, a few to 0.5 mm. Petiole and leaf-rhachis similarly shortly pubescent, the latter 0.5-1.4(2) cm long. Pods c. 5-7 mm wide, glabrous or nearly so, eglandular. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 30 Sep 2006
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/320 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020


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