Vachellia edgeworthii (T.Anderson) Kyal. & Boatwr.

First published in Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 172: 512 (2013)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is NE. Tropical Africa to Kenya, Yemen. It is a shrub and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub
[ILDIS]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub 0.5–1.5 m. high, very flat-topped, spreading to 3.6 m.
Morphology Branches
Young branchlets densely hairy (hairs up to 0.5(–0.75) mm. long, yellowish when young), slowly glabrescent, going pale to deep brown later; epidermis not or scarcely flaking or peeling; lenticels pale, dot-like.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules spinescent, straight, on mature shoots (2–)3.5–6.5 cm. long (? more); “ant-galls” and other prickles absent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves:rhachis (1.5–)4–7.5(–12) cm. long, densely pubescent; pinnae (4–)8–14(–23) pairs; leaflets 8–30 pairs, 2.5–5 mm. long, 0.5–1.25 mm. wide, ciliate, paler beneath than above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, in heads on axillary, tomentose or densely pubescent, eglandular peduncles 1.5–3 cm. long; involucel basal or in lower half of peduncle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 3–3.75 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 4–5.5 mm. long, lobes densely white-tomentose outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods straight or nearly so, about 10–22 cm. long and 0.9–1.6 cm. wide, attenuate at both ends, densely grey-velvety, cylindrical when ripe.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds large, blackish, ellipsoid, about 12 mm. long and 10 mm. wide; areole about 10 × 5 mm.
Habitat
Dry scrub; 150–270 m.
Distribution
K1 not known elsewhere
[FTEA]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub
[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Tree
[ILDIS]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub 0.3–2 m. high, usually low, flat-topped and up to 2.4–4.5 m. wide, branching from base or sometimes with a very short main stem exposed.
Morphology Branches
Young branchlets puberulous to pubescent or sometimes tomentose (hairs, to 0.5 mm. long), usually glabrescent, grey to grey-brown, sometimes purplish-brown or dark grey; epidermis not or inconspicuously peeling or flaking; lenticels inconspicuous, or pale and dot-like.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules spinescent, straight or nearly so, slightly ascending to slightly deflexed, on mature shoots (0.4–)1–3.5 cm. long (to 4.5 cm. on robust apparently juvenile shoots); “ant-galls” and other prickles absent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves:rhachis 0.5–4.5 cm. long, pubescent or tomentose; pinnae (3–)4–10 pairs; leaflets 6–15(–20) pairs, 0.75–3.5 mm. long, 0.5–1.5 mm. wide, usually ciliate or pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, in heads on axillary, tomentose or densely pubescent, eglandular peduncles 0.4–1.5 cm. long; involucel basal or in lower half of peduncle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 1–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 2.5–3 mm. long; lobes densely white-pubescent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods (Fig. 17/62, A & B, p. 68) falcate to straight or nearly so, thick and woody, ultimately dehiscent, 7–13(–15) cm. long, 1.3–2.5 cm. wide, densely velvety-pubescent or tomentellous, brown to brownish-crimson, longitudinally veined, not winged.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds large, blackish, minutely roughened or smooth, ellipsoid to subglobose, 9–13 mm. in diameter; central areole 7–10 mm. long, 3–4.5 mm. wide.
Habitat
Dry scrub ( Acacia-Commiphora) ; 360–550 m.
Distribution
K1
[FTEA]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub
[ILDIS]

Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

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