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 Vachellia but, as yet, no valid combination has been made for this new name[
Acacia stolonifera Burch.
Acacia hebeclada has two distinct forms. The subspecies hebeclada is a small shrub growing up to 1.5 metres tall, whilst the subspecies chobiensis is a large, thicket-forming shrub or small tree growing up to 3 metres. Both forms branch from the ground, and occasionally form underground stolons[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of medicines and materials.
Southern Africa - southern Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, S. Africa.
Calcium-rich Kalahari sand, usually on clayey deposits in dune slacks, associated with Pleistocene dune fields, often gregarious, forming small low thickets, at elevations from 950 - 1,050 metres[
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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 roots, with the outer layer removed, are commonly used within the plant's native range. They are a strong remedy for treating chest pain and persistent coughing[
]. The roots are used as a remedy for diarrhoea[
A gum is obtained from the stems[
]. It has possible commercial, non-food uses[
The greyish-brown seeds are sometimes used as beads in necklaces[
The powdered root, mixed with oil, is used as a hair dressing[
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