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Acacia karroo in Southern Africa

R. A. Dyer
Bothalia | Vol 10, No 2 | a1541 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v10i2.1541 | © 1971 R. A. Dyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 November 1971 | Published: 04 December 1971

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Abstract

Reasons for adopting the name  Acacia karroo Hayne are considered and the nomen­clature and synonymy are dealt with. A broad description of the species is provided. The relationship of  A. karroo to the closely related  A. seyal Del.,  A. hockii De Wilid. and the glandular podded  Acacia species is mentioned.  Acacia karroo Hayne, which is the most  widespread  Acacia in southern Africa, is an extremely variable species which occupies a diverse range of habitats. The range of variation within  A. karroo,  and in particular in Natal, is considered. At least six entities are recognizable within  A. karroo in Natal. The nature and range of variation within these entities is considered. No infraspecific categories are recognized within  A. karroo.


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