Acacia polyacantha

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Acacia polyacantha Willd.

Fabaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: economic plant

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: ovate

Division: bipinnate

Shape: globose
Fruit: legume

 

Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: single
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Fabanae
Ordo:
Fabales
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Acacia polyacantha, commonly known as Catechu tree, is a tree.

Contents

Naming

Acacia polyacantha was described by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1806. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Acacia polyacantha is a species in the genus Acacia which contains approximately 1550 to 1852 species and belongs to the family of the Fabaceae (Legume Family).

Characteristics

Acacia polyacantha - leaves

Growth

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Acacia polyacantha is evergreen. The bipinnate leaves are alternate. The leaflets are ovate and have entire margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Acacia polyacantha produces globose flowers.

The trees produce legumes.

Root System

Distribution

Acacia polyacantha is native to tropical Africa, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

Cultivation

The trees tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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