South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue

  • Acacia ataxacantha

    Acacia ataxacantha

    Flamepod Thorn, Vlamdoring, umthathawe, umnga, mogokare, muluwa, mologa

    Acacia ataxacantha (=Senegalia ataxacantha) is a hardy, deciduous Acacia that can grow as a scrambling shrub or medium sized tree with many hooked prickles. It is drought resistant and fairly fast-growing. The fine leaves are either bright green or blue green and are densely hairy. It bears spikes...
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  • Acacia brevispica

    Acacia brevispica

    Prickly Thorn, Dorinkiedoring, Umthathawe

    Acacia brevispica (=Senegalia brevispica) is a hardy, semi-deciduous, robust, prickly, scrambling Acacia that can be trained into a large beautiful shrub. It has feathery, large, soft, bipinnate leaves with small hook thorns along the ribs on the underside. Sprays of white puffball flowers are bo...
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  • Acacia burkei

    Acacia burkei

    Swartapiesdoring, Black Monkey Thorn, Mokgwa, Umkhaya

    Acacia burkei (=Senegalia burkei) is a hardy, deciduous, medium sized Acacia that has attractive, large round leaflets. Spikes of white flowers from October to January are followed by bright red seed pods. This beautiful specimen tree gives dense shade, but is a little slow growing. The ba...
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  • Acacia caffra

    Acacia caffra

    Gewone Haakdoring, katdoring, Common Hook Thorn, Cat Thorn, Morutlhare, Muvunda-mbado, Umtholo, Motholo, Mbvhinya-xihloka

    Acacia caffra (=Senegalia caffra) is a very hardy, deciduous, drought resistant, graceful tree with feathery foliage that gives the tree a weeping shape. Fragrant, creamy-white flower spikes are borne from September to November along with the delicate new leaves making this tree a really beautiful...
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  • Acacia davyi

    Acacia davyi

    Kurkbasdoring, Papierdoring, Kurkdoring, Musaunga, Isikhwishi, Cork-bark Thorn, Corky Thorn, Paper-bark Thorn, Paper Thorn, Paper-bark Tree

    Acacia davyi (=Vachellia Davyi) is a hardy, drought resistant, deciduous, small Acacia with distinctive yellow or light brown, corky bark on the stems and branches. It has clusters of bright yellow puffball flowers on the ends of the branches from December to February, which attract insects to...
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  • Acacia erioloba

    Acacia erioloba

    False Lightening Bush, Camel Thorn, Valsbliksembos, Kameeldoring, umbheza, umgqata

    Acacia erioloba (= Vachellia erioloba) is a very hardy, beautiful Thorn Tree from South Africa that is slow growing but tolerates harsh growing conditions. It has typical fine, feathery leaves and straight white spines. The bark is deeply furrowed and goes very dark to almost black with age. It bea...
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  • Acacia galpinii

    Acacia galpinii

    Apiesdoring, Monkey-Thorn, Mokgapa, Tshikwalo, Molopa

    Acacia galpinii (=Senegalia galpinii) is a very hardy fairly fast growing, deciduous thorn tree and is one of the largest of the Acacias. It flowers before the leaves in September and October with showy, white, bottlebrush-type flowers that are purple before they open. Large woody pods follow ...
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  • Acacia gerrardii

    Acacia gerrardii

    Rooidoring, rooibas, rooihaakdoring, swarthaakdoring, engelsedoring, Red Thorn, umphuzwe, Umsama, muunga

    Acacia gerrardii (=Varchellia gerrardii) is a hardy, fairly fast-growing, drought-resistant, deciduous Acacia.It has a long, straight stem that starts branching high up to form a flattish crown.As it is sparsely branched and throws little shade, many plants and lawn grass will grow underneath i...
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  • Acacia hebeclada

    Acacia hebeclada

    Candle Thorn, Candle Pod Acacia, Trassiedoring, Trassiebos, setshi, Mohae

    Acacia hebeclada (=Vachellia hebeclada) is a hardy, small to medium-sized, spreading, deciduous tree or large shrub with paired, sharp spines. The dark brown to grey bark is fissured and flaking.Birds, such as the Red-billed Wood Hoopoe, enjoy probing under the bark for insects. The blue-g...
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  • Acacia karroo

    Acacia karroo

    Soetdoring, Sweet Thorn, Muunga, Mooka, Umunga

    Acacia karroo (= Vachellia karroo) is a very hardy, semi-deciduous, fast-growing and drought-resistant tree. Abundant, fragrant, yellow puffball flowers light up the landscape, and adorn the tree intermittently (in response to rain) throughout summer. It can flower up to 6 times a year. These are f...
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