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Places where this species can be found :
- Yapei (c. 30km SW Tamale) - NSBPGHANA
- Larabanga - Mole Road - NSBPGHANA
InterestThe branches are said to be edible when soft (Wickens et al. 1995).The inner bark has been used for rope in building huts. Shona traditional healers rub the roots into the body against headache and pneumonia (Timberlake et al 1999).
Other NotesCommon names: Malawi: Mtsidzi (Chichewa); Zimbabwe & S. Africa: silky acacia (English); sydoring (Afrikaans); ipucula (Ndebele); mona (Shona-Rusape). Species characteristics : A distinctive small to medium sized tree to 12 m tall, with a spreading crown. Has conspicously reddish brown bark on young trees becoming darker with age, and dense golden yellow hairs on the youngest branches. Occurs usually solitary in wooded grassland and bushveld on a range of soils, often clay rich such as in vlei margins, mainly over 1000 m. It is a southern African species, quite resistent to frost. It can be found in miombo and similar woodlands as well as Acacia woodland with A. karroo. Distribution: Botswana (Central); Malawi (Dedza); Mozambique (Niassa); South Africa (Transvaal, Pietersburg); Zambia (Southern, Central); Zimbabwe (Gwanda, Gweru, Hurungwe, Nyamandhlovu, Bulawayo, Chegutu, Matobo, Chirumanzu, Chimanimani, Marondera, Goromonzi, Bikita, Bubi, Bulilima-Mangwe, Harare, Charter, Kadoma, Mutare, Masvingo, Insiza, Shurugwi, Mazowe, Makoni, Murewa, Chivi, Umzingwane). Specimen total: 230 Degree squares: 31 Collection years: 1870-1996 Phenology: Flowering period: Jan(8), Feb(3), Mar(1), Apr(1), May(1), Jun(2), Oct(3), Nov(5), Dec(17) Fruiting period: Jan(4), Feb(1), Mar(5), Apr(5), May(6), Jun(4), Jul(6), Sep(1), Oct(2), Nov(3), Dec(1) Altitude range: 914 - (1000 - 1600) - 1524m
CollectorBarnes, R. D.