South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue


  • 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 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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  • Acacia mellifera

    Acacia mellifera

    Swarthaak, blouhaak, hakiesdoring, Black Thorn, Monga, Monganga-tau, mongangatau, munembedz

    Acacia mellifera (=Senegalia mellifera) is very drought resistant, hardy, thickset, deciduous Acacia with vicious, hook thorns. The bark is purplish-black on the young stems and turns grey with age. The leaflets are blue-green, round and quite large for an Acacia. It blooms profusely from Septembe...
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  • Acacia nigrescens

    Acacia nigrescens

    Knob Thorn, Knoppiesdoring, moritidi, mokoba, muunga, umkhaya

    Acacia nigrescens (=Senegalia nigrescens) is a hardy, small to large stately deciduous tree is characterised by its knob-studded grey or yellow trunk and branches. The hooked spine-tipped knobs are prevalent on young trees but are less evident on older specimens. Sweetly-scented spikes of creamy-whi...
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