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)
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.
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Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal.
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 65 - 66.

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.

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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Flora of Botswana: Acacia ataxacantha
Flora of Mozambique: Acacia ataxacantha
Flora of Zambia: Acacia ataxacantha
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acacia ataxacantha

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acacia ataxacantha
African Plant Database: Acacia ataxacantha
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Acacia ataxacantha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Acacia ataxacantha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Acacia ataxacantha
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Acacia ataxacantha
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Acacia ataxacantha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Acacia ataxacantha
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Acacia ataxacantha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acacia ataxacantha
Ispot Southern Africa: Acacia ataxacantha
JSTOR Plant Science: Acacia ataxacantha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acacia ataxacantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acacia ataxacantha
The Plant List (version 1.1): Acacia ataxacantha
Tropicos: Acacia ataxacantha

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Acacia ataxacantha., retrieved 21 March 2018

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