Acacia caffra

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Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd.

Fabaceae

Life form: tree

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: not specified

Division: bipinnate

Shape: globose
Fruit: legume

 

Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Fabanae
Ordo:
Fabales

Acacia caffra, commonly known as common hookthorn, is a tree.

Naming

Acacia caffra was already described and the name validly published by Carl Peter Thunberg. It was Carl Ludwig von Willdenow, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1806.

Taxonomy

Acacia caffra 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 caffra - stems
Acacia caffra - trunks

Growth

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Acacia caffra is evergreen. The bipinnate leaves are alternate.

Flowers and Fruits

Acacia caffra produces globose flowers.

The trees produce legumes.

Root System

Distribution

Acacia caffra is native to tropical Africa and South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

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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