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[
This species is closely related to A. Erubescens, and misidentifications can easily occur[
Acacia catechu baumii Roberty
Acacia cinerea Schinz
Acacia fleckii is a multi-stemmed shrub or a tree with a rounded, spreading crown that droops low to the ground; it can grown from 2 - 10 metres tall. The bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of food, medicines and fibre.
Southern Africa - southern Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, S. Africa.
Drier types of deciduous woodland, with Baikiaea, on coarse sandy soils, sandy river banks, coarse-textured sandy colluvial or alluvial soils on granite and gneiss; also common on Kalahari sand (indicating disturbance or fire); etc[
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Plants are frost tolerant and are said to recover well in Zimbabwe even after severe frosts[
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[
An edible gum is obtained from the stems[
A decoction of the roots is drunk in the treatment of chest ailments and coughs[
A fibre obtained from the inner bark is used to make fine cords[
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