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

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Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

Photo: Bart Wursten
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 FW Sieber (1789 - 1844)
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.
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)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 18.

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 107 - 109.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 212.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 186. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 299 - 300. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 254 - 257. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 48. as Acacia sieberiana

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 178 - 179. as Acacia sieberiana (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 214.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 382. (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 118 - 119. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 174 - 175. as Acacia sieberiana (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 60.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 28 - 29. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 15. as Acacia woodii

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 93.

Timberlake, J., Fagg, C. & Barnes, R. (1999). Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe CBC Publishing, Harare Pages 122 - 124. (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 210.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 93.

Other sources of information about Acacia sieberiana var. woodii:

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Flora of Botswana: Acacia sieberiana var. woodii
Flora of Malawi: Acacia sieberiana var. woodii
Flora of Mozambique: Acacia sieberiana var. woodii
Flora of Zambia: Acacia sieberiana var. woodii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acacia sieberiana var. woodii
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Acacia sieberiana var. woodii

External websites:

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

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 Caprivi: Species information: Acacia sieberiana var. woodii., retrieved 26 June 2019

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