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Species Information

tree    trunk, bark    tree    tree    tree   
Vachellia xanthophloea (Benth.) P.J.H.Hurter
(name current 2016)
Fever Tree
Umhlafutfo, Umkhanyakudze
(Acacia xanthophloea)


Growth form: Tree
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Local abundance: occasional
Schedule B
Other uses
Permits issued

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Acacia xanthophloea - (Fever Tree, Umhlafutfo) Tall handsome tree well characterised by its smooth greenish-yellow, often powdery, bark. Inflorescence­and leaf-stalks and young twigs downy, otherwise hairless. Stipular thorns straight, white, up to 6 cm long, often missing. Leaves c 6 cm long, pinnae few; leaflets c 12 pairs, spreading, not overlapping, c 5 mm long x 1 mm wide. Inflorescences lateral in small groups, c 1 cm diam; flowers yellow. Fruits several in cluster from same inflorescence, straight or slightly curved, flat, slightly constricted between seeds, c 8 cm long X 1 cm wide. Seeds c nine.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

Included in Tree Atlas.

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Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)