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Places where this species can be found :
- Sinsanbligbini Forest Reserve - NSBPGHANA
InterestThe wood has been used in south Africa for furniture and household items, and in wagons and fence posts. It is however difficult to work, being very hard and heavy (air dry 900 kg/m3), however produces a good grain when polished. It has a yellow-brown to dark brown colour. Its foliage and pods are eaten by giraffe, and its gum by monkeys and man (Timberlake et al. 1999, Wickens et al 1995).
Other NotesCommon names: Mozambique: Micaia (Chizonga), Zimbabwe: black monkey thorn; mukaya (Shangaan) Species characteristics : Large tree to 25 m high with a spreading flattish or slightly rounded crown. This lowland species is very variable especially in leaflet size and number, and both big leaflet and small leaflet forms are found, although given intermediates these are not formally recognised as infraspecific categories. The two forms appear to have different ecological preferences, the smaller leaflet on sandy soils, but the bigger leaflet on sandy loams. It belongs to a complex of species including A. nigrescens , A. goetzei, A. welwitschii and A. rovumae. It differs from the first three in having a hairy calyx, and the latter in having very hooked prickles, fewer leaflet pairs and dehiscent pods. Distribution: Botswana (South East, Kweneng, Kgatleng, Kanye, Gaberone); Mozambique (Sulo do save, Cabo Delgado, Gaza, Maputo, Manica e Sofala); South Africa (Transvaal, Natal, Witbank, Louwsburg, Acornhoek, Mfolozi, Rustenberg); Swaziland (Stegi, Manzini, Lubombo, Shiselweni, ); Zimbabwe (Chiredzi, Mwenezi); Namibia (Keetmanshoop). Specimen total: 213 Degree squares: 31 Collection years: 1800-1996 Phenology : Flowering period: Aug(1), Oct(5), Nov(4), Dec(1); Fruiting period: Jan(1), Mar(4), Apr(1), May(1), Jun(2), Jul(1), Oct(1) Altitude range: 20- (20-600) -1310m
CollectorFagg, C. W.