Acacia galpinii

Acacia galpinii


Common Names

Apiesdoring (afrikaans)
Monkey-Thorn (english)
Mokgapa (sesotho)
Tshikwalo (venda)
Molopa (n. sotho)


Genus Acacia
Species galpinii
SA Plant Number 166
Basionym Acacia galpinii


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 the flowers. The bark is pale yellow and flaky. The fine, feathery leaves fold up at night. It has large, black, hooked thorns that make it an ideal addition to a security hedge.

It makes a perfect specimen plant and is majestic used in an avenue. Like most Acacias it will attract a myriad of wildlife to the garden including the insect eating Fairy Flycatcher.

Plant in full sun, in well-drained soil.

Size 25 to 30m


Insects for Birds:

Flowers attract bees and wasps as well as other tiny pollinating insects.

Attracts the insect-eating Fairy Flycatcher as well as many other insectivorous bird species to the garden.



A majestic specimen tree for the larger garden.

A good avenue tree.


Limpopo, North West Province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga

Natural Habitat:

Open wooded grassland, along river banks and near water.


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