Vachellia drepanolobium

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Vachellia drepanolobium (picture taken as Acacia drepanolobium) in symbiosis with Crematogaster nigriceps ants
Vachellia drepanolobium


Taxonavigation: Fabales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Caesalpinioideae
Tribus: Acacieae
Genus: Vachellia
Species: Vachellia drepanolobium


Vachellia drepanolobium (Harms ex Y.Sjöstedt) P.J.H.Hurter in D.J.Mabberley, Plant-Book, ed. 3: 1021 (2008); accepted by Govaerts & al. (2021)


  • Basionym
    • Acacia drepanolobium Harms ex Y.Sjöstedt Schwed. Zool. Exped. Kilimandjaro viii. 116 (1908); et in Engl., Jahrb. li.361; accepted by Govaerts (1995) and Kalema & Beentje (2012)
  • Heterotypic
    • Acacia formicarum Harms, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 51: 362 (1914); not accepted by Govaerts (1995) [cited as Acacia drepanolobium]
    • Acacia lathouwersii Staner, Ann. Soc. Sci. Bruxelles, Sér. B 55: 311 (1935); not accepted by Govaerts (1995) [cited as Acacia drepanolobium]


Native distribution areas:
Vachellia drepanolobium
  • Continental: Africa
    • Regional: West-Central Tropical Africa
      • Zaïre
    • Regional: Northeast Tropical Africa
      • Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan
    • Regional: East Tropical Africa
      • Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition


Primary references[edit]

  • Hurter, P.J.H. 2008. Mabberley's Plant-Book: A Portable Dictionary of Plants, Their Classification and Uses 1021.

Additional references[edit]


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Whistling Thorn
Gĩkũyũ: Ruai
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