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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Vachellia Wight & Arn.
      1. Vachellia malacocephala (Harms) Kyal. & Boatwr.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Nzega, Shinyanga).

    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Small tree 2.5–4.5(–6) m. high; stems brown or sometimes black.
    Branches
    Young branchlets grey-puberulous with hairs about 0.1 mm. long or less; older branchlets brown or blackish but without any powdery inner bark.
    Stipules
    Stipules spinescent, 1.5–5.5 cm. long, a few shorter, straight, pale grey or whitish, some fused at base into ± rounded blackish ant-galls 1.5–3 cm. in diameter.
    Leaves
    Leaves:petiole 5–10 mm. long, glandular at apex; rhachis (1.5–)3–6.5 cm. long, puberulous like the petiole, glandular between the top 1–3 pairs of pinnae; pinnae 3–10 pairs, mostly 1.5–3.5 cm. long; leaflets 10–22 pairs, glabrous, subacute at apex, 2.5–6 mm. long, 0.8–1.5 mm. wide.
    Flowers
    Flowers white, in heads; involucel at base of the densely puberulous peduncle.
    Calyx
    Calyx 1–1.5 mm. long, densely tomentellous outside.
    Corolla
    Corolla 3–3.75 mm. long, clothed like the calyx outside (except at base).
    Fruits
    Pods (Fig. 16/52, p. 67) curved or falcate, thinly coriaceous, densely grey-puberulous, mostly attenuate or acuminate at ends, 4.5–7 cm. long, 0.6–1.1 cm. wide.
    Seeds
    Seeds grey, smooth, ± elliptic or quadrate, compressed, sometimes curved, 9–11 mm. long, 5.5 mm. wide; areole 5–7 mm. long, 2.5–3 mm. wide.
    Habitat
    Shrub or dwarf-tree grassland on grey calcareous soils of valleys; about 1060–1100 m.
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere T1 T4
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Insufficiently known
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai wooded grasslands.
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Tree

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Vachellia malacocephala (Harms) Kyal. & Boatwr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Holtz [1548], Tanzania Acacia malacocephala K000244158 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 172: 514 (2013)

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0