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Vachellia nilotica (L.) P.J.H.Hurter & Mabb.
(name current 2016)
(Acacia nilotica subsp. kraussiana)
Growth form: Tree
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: frequent
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Local abundance: abundant
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Acacia nilotica - Shrub or small tree, often rather flat-topped; young stem, leaf-stalks and inflorescence-stallcs downy. Bark dark. Young stems somewhat zigzag. Stipular thorns very large, abundant, formidable, straight, often bent backwards, up to 8 cm long. Leaves c 6 cm long, with c six pairs of leaflets, somewhat overlapping, directed forwards, c 4 mm long )< 0,8 mm wide. Inflorescences in small axillary groups, spherical, c 1,5 cm diam. Flowers yellow. Fruits up to 15 cm long X c 1,3 cm wide, strongly constricted between seeds which number up to c 12.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.
Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)