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2011
Acacia sieberiana
Trees and shrubs | Magnoliopsida

Scientific name - Acacia sieberiana

Synonyms -

Popular names - acacie, papierbasdoring, muzenze, cheare.

Distribution and Habitat - grows in the savannah, in semi-arid regions of Africa, from 0-1850 m altitude.

Description - tree, 3-25 m tall, rounded crown. Trunk 6 feet tall. Bark rough, yellow, flaking in small scales rectangular. Spines in pairs at nodes, 0.6 - 12 cm. Leaves pubescent, dublupenatcompuse, 6-23 pairs of leaflets in turn composed of 14-52 leaflets, 2 - 6.5 x 0.5 - 1.5 mm, narrow-oblong, rounded at the top. Flowers cream, white or pale yellow in capitule 13 mm diameter, a 5 cm long pedicel. Fruit brown, with edges parallel, 9-21 x 1.7 - 3.5 cm, glabra, indehiscente. 12 seeds, 1 cm long.

Requirements - prefer deep soils, well-drained.

Curiosity - & lsquo; Acacia 'derives from the Greek' Akis' = point. The species was named after the botanist Wilhelm Sieber, plant collector in the 18th century.

Bark and pods contain tannin.

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