Acacia sieberiana DC.
var. sieberiana

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Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Dimbangombe, near Hwange

Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Dimbangombe, near Hwange

Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Dimbangombe, near Hwange

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Synonyms: Vachellia sieberiana (DC.) Kyal. & Boatwr. var. sieberiana
Common names: False paperbark thorn (English)
Small to medium-sized tree. Bark grey, rough on the older trunk, peeling off the branches to reveal a yellowish layer underneath. Thorns paired at the nodes, straight, often very long (up to 15 cm). Leaves compound, large with 8-20 pairs of pinnae; leaflets pale green or yellowish-green. Flowers in axillary, globose 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 - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Ethiopia and southwards Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and northern Botswana.
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Axiocerses tjoane tjoane (Food plant)
Anthene amarah amarah (Food plant)
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 107 - 108.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 185. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Malawi: Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana
Flora of Mozambique: Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana
Flora of Zambia: Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acacia sieberiana
African Plant Database: Acacia sieberiana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Acacia sieberiana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Acacia sieberiana
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Acacia sieberiana
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JSTOR Plant Science: Acacia sieberiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acacia sieberiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acacia sieberiana
Plants of the World Online: Acacia sieberiana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Acacia sieberiana
Tropicos: Acacia sieberiana
Wikipedia: Acacia sieberiana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Acacia sieberiana var. sieberiana., retrieved 21 February 2020

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