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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, S. Israel to Arabian Peninsula.
Vachellia gerrardii

[FZ]

Leguminosae, J.P.M. Brenan. Flora Zambesiaca 3:1. 1970

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or more usually a tree 3-15 m. high; crown flat, umbrella-shaped or irregular; bark on trunk grey, blackish-brown or black, rough, fissured; young branchlets ± densely grey-pubescent, rarely glabrous or nearly so, epidermis usually splitting or falling away to expose a rusty-red inner layer.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules spinescent, usually straight or nearly so, sometimes recurved, rarely hooked, mostly short, to c. 1 cm. long, rarely to c. 6.5 cm. long and then usually grey; “ant-galls” and other prickles absent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves: rhachis (1.5)2-7 cm. long, ± densely pubescent; pinnae (3)5-10(12) pairs; leaflets (8)12-23(28) pairs, 3-7.5 x 1-2 mm., ± ciliate on the margins, at least near the base, otherwise glabrous or nearly so, sometimes hairy on the surface.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white or cream, scented, in heads on axillary densely grey-pubescent eglandular or inconspicuously glandular, occasionally strongly glandular peduncles; involucel at or shortly above the base or sometimes to 1/3-way up the peduncle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla glabrous or only slightly and inconspicuously pubescent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods dehiscent, (4.5)7-16(22) x 0.6-1.1(1.7) cm., falcate, linear or linear-oblong; valves rather thin, ± grey-puberulous to -tomentellous, rarely subglabrous or glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds olive-brown, 9-12 x 7 mm., smooth, ± irregularly quadrate, compressed; areole 6.5-7 x 3.5-4.5 mm.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or more usually a tree 3–15 m. high; crown flat, umbrella-shaped or irregular (I.T.U., ed. 2:209); bark on trunk grey, blackish-brown or black, rough, fissured.
Morphology Branches
Young branchlets ± densely grey-pubescent, rarely glabrous or nearly so; epidermis usually splitting or falling away to expose a rusty-red inner layer.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules spinescent, usually straight or nearly so, sometimes recurved, rarely hooked, mostly short, to about 1 cm. long, rarely to about 6 cm. long and then usually grey; “ant-galls” and other prickles absent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves:rhachis (1.5–)2–7 cm. long, ± densely pubescent; pinnae (3–)5–10(–12) pairs; leaflets (8–)12–23(–28) pairs, 3–7.5 mm. long, 1–2 mm. wide, ± ciliate on margins at least near base, otherwise glabrous or nearly so, sometimes hairy on surface.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white or cream, scented, in heads on axillary densely grey-pubescent eglandular or inconspicuously glandular, occasionally strongly glandular peduncles; involucel at or shortly above base or sometimes to one-third way up peduncle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla glabrous or only slightly and inconspicuously pubescent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods falcate, dehiscent, linear or linear-oblong, (4.5–)7–16(–22) cm. long, mostly 0.6–1.1 sometimes to 1–7 cm. wide; valves rather thin, ± grey-puberulous to -tomentellous, rarely subglabrous or glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds olive-brown, smooth, ± irregularly quadrate, compressed, 9–12 mm. long, 7 mm. wide; areole 6.5–7 mm. long, 3.5–4.5 mm. wide.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian woodland, Sudanian woodland, Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket, Somalia-Masai wooded grasslands.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub/Tree

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Central African Repu, Chad, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Oman, Palestine, Rwanda, Sinai, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Vachellia gerrardii (Benth.) P.J.H.Hurter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 3, 2010 Lotter, M.C. [1628], Mozambique Acacia gerrardii K000787931
Gerrard, W.T. [1702], South Africa Acacia gerrardii K000244449 Unknown type material
Galpin, E.E. [735], South Africa Acacia gerrardii K000244450
Gerrard, W.T. [1702], South Africa Acacia gerrardii K000244452 Unknown type material
Wood, J.M. [3133], South Africa Acacia gerrardii K000244451

First published in D.J.Mabberley, Plant-book, ed. 3: 1021 (2008)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

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  • Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Flora Zambesiaca 3(1): 1-153. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
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  • Ghazanfar, S.A. (1992). An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Oman and their Vernacular names Scripta Botanica Belgica 2: 1-153.
  • Greuter, W., Burdet, H.M. & Long, G. (eds.) (1989). Med-checklist 4: 1-458. Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève.
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  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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