Classification of the genus Acacia (in the wider sense) has been subject to considerable debate. It is generally agreed that there are valid reasons for breaking it up into several distinct genera, but disagreement in the way this should be done. As of 2012, it is generally agreed that this species should be transferred to Senegalia but, as yet, no valid combination has been made for this new name[
Acacia samoryana A.Chev.
Acacia senegal samoryana (A.Chev.) Roberty
Acacia dudgeonii is a spiny shrub or small tree growing up to 7 metres tall. The bole is short[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials.
West tropical Africa - dreier areas from Senegal to Nigeria and Cameroon.
Savannah forest of the damper Guinea zone, often on poorer soils[
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A plant of drier areas in the tropics, generally found in areas with a mean annual rainfall within the range 800 - 1,500mm[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The plant (part not specified) is used as a remedy for diarrhoea[
A resistant bast fibre is obtained from the long lateral roots[
The wood is generally of small dimensions, but is occasionally used for making tool handles[
The wood is sometimes used for fuel and to make charcoal[
The seed of most, if not all, members of this genus has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.
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