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Description

Flat-topped tree, to 16 m. Bark reddish-brown on older trees; pale yellowish-brown, peeling off in papery wads, on younger trees. Young twigs softly hairy. Thorns in straight pairs at nodes. Leaves: pinnae pairs 20-40; leaflets very small, up to 4 × 0.75 mm. Inflorescence of white spherical heads. Involucel in lower half of peduncle. Pods dehiscent.
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Derivation of specific name

abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
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Distribution

Worldwide distribution

From Ethiopia southwards to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
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Ecology

Associations

Insects whose larvae eat this plant species

Axiocerses tjoane tjoane (Common scarlet)
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Population Biology

Frequency

Locally frequent
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Wikipedia

Acacia abyssinica

Vachellia abyssinica (flat top acacia) is a tree up to 16 m tall. Its bark is reddish-brown on older trees. On younger trees it is pale yellowish-brown, peeling off in papery wads. Young twigs are softly hairy. Thorns are aligned in straight pairs at nodes. Leaves are in pinnae pairs of 20-40; the leaflets are very small, up to 4 × 0.75 mm. The inflorescence is arranged in white spherical heads. The involucel is located in the lower half of the peduncle. Seed pods are dehiscent.[2]

Distribution[edit]

From Ethiopia southwards to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kyalangalilwa B, Boatwright JS, Daru BH, Maurin O, van der Bank M. (2013). "Phylogenetic position and revised classification of Acacia s.l. (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae) in Africa, including new combinations in Vachellia and Senegalia.". Bot J Linn Soc 172 (4): 500–523. doi:10.1111/boj.12047. 
  2. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Life. "Details for: Vachellia abyssinica (as Acacia abyssinica)" (HTML). Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
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