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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. & Tropical Africa, Israel (Arvan Velley), Arabian Peninsula.
Senegalia laeta

[FWTA]

Mimosaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
A small glabrous tree
Morphology General Spines
Black curved spines
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes of white flowers.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or tree up to 6 m high; young branchlets brownish, glabrous
Morphology General Prickles
Prickles in pairs or rarely in threes, hooked, up to 5.5 mm long
Morphology Leaves
Pinnae 2–3 pairs; leaflets 3–5 pairs, ± obovate-elliptic, 4–15 x 2–7 mm, veined
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers yellowish-white in 3.5–5 cm long spiciform racemes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 1.25–2 mm long, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 2.7–4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods straight, dehiscent, 3.5–8 x (1–)1.7–2.8(–4) cm, pale brown, veined, glabrous or slightly puberulous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subcircular, 8–10 mm in diam.; areole 2 x 2 mm.
Distribution
N1–3; C1 Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and westwards to Niger and Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, also in Arabia and the Dead Sea region.
Ecology
Altitude range 240–1350 m.
Vernacular
Bilcil, cadaad (Somali)

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree up to 6 m. high.
Morphology Branches
Young branchlets glabrous, grey-brown or rarely purplish.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules not spinescent.
Morphology General Prickles
Prickles in pairs just below each node, purplish-black, hooked, 3–5.5 mm. long, their base about 3–5 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves:petiole usually glandular; rhachis glabrous to ± pubescent, frequently with a gland between the top pair of pinnae; pinnae 2–3 pairs; leaflets (2–) 3–5 pairs, 4–15 (–20) mm. long, 2–7 (–10) mm. wide, obliquely obovate-elliptic or -oblong, glabrous or ± puberulous, venose, rounded to mucronate or subacute at apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, subsessile or up to 0.5 (–0.75, very rarely 1) mm. pedicellate, in spiciform racemes 3.5–5 cm. long on peduncles 0.5–2 cm. long; axis glabrous or ± pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 1.25–2 mm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 2.75–4 mm. long, 5-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 5–7 mm. long, free; anthers 0.1 mm. across, with a caducous gland.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous at first, very shortly stipitate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods (Fig. 14/6, p. 52) pale brown, dehiscent, glabrous or slightly puberulous towards base, oblong, straight, venose, rounded to acuminate at apex, 3.5–8 cm. long, 1.7–2.8 (–4) cm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subcircular-lenticular, 9 (–10) mm. diam.; central areole small, somewhat impressed, 2 × 2 mm.
Habitat
Deciduous bushland; said by Burtt (T.T.C.L.: 329) to be locally common with Commiphora merkeri and Acacia mellifera on hard-pan soils in desert thornbush, and by Trapnell (2203) to occur with Commiphora and Balanites on sandy loam; Trapnell 2203 was collected at 1680 m.
Distribution
Egypt, French Sudan, the Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland Protectorate and Ethiopia, also in Arabia and the Dead Sea regionaccording to Aubréville also in French Niger Colony, Ivory Coast and Nigeria K6 T2

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Sahel regional transition zone - wooded grassland., Sahara regional transition zone; woodland., Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub/Tree

Native to:

Algeria, Burkina, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen, Zaïre

Introduced into:

Cuba

Senegalia laeta (R.Br. ex Benth.) Seigler & Ebinger appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 1, 1998 Madsen, J.E. [6051], Mali Acacia laeta K000386469
illegible [s.n] Acacia laeta K000244153
Madsen, J.E. [5988], Burkina Faso Acacia laeta K000386468
Diallo, D. [282], Mali Acacia laeta K000386470

First published in Phytologia 91: 27 (2009)

Accepted by

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Boulos, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 1-419. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2007). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman. volume 2. Crassulaceae - Apiaceae Scripta Botanica Belgica 36: 1-220.
  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Quézel, P. (1958). Mission Botanique au Tibesti: 1-357. Université d'Alger.

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