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Species Information

leaves    bark    leaves, pods    tree    pods   
pod, leaves                   
Senegalia burkei (Benth.) Kyalangaliwa & Boatwr.
(name current 2016)
Black Monkey Thorn
(Acacia burkei)


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

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Acacia burkei - Large spreading tree with rigid branches. Leaves and young stems more or less closely downy. Stipular thorns stout, hooked, formidable. Leaves sometimes up to 12 cm long (usually less) with up to eight pairs of pinnae; leaflets up to 12 pairs, relatively large, up to 1 cm long x 4 mm wide. Inflorescences elongated in small lateral groups or singly, up to 12 cm long X 2 cm wide. Flowers white. Fruits oblong, straight, flat, up to 10 cm long x 1,5 cm wide.

* 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 Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)