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, not all species have been properly renamed and we are currently unable to find information on any new name for this species[
Acacia chrysothrix Taub.
Acacia macalusoi Mattei
Acacia morondavensis Drake
Acacia rovumae is a spiny deciduous tree with an open crown; usually growing up to 20 metres tall, occasionally to 30 metres. The bole is up to 130cm in diameter.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood and fuel.
East tropical Africa - southern Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar.
Riverine forest and swamp forest near the coast, often at the inner margin of mangroves; also found in deciduous woodland and scrubland on calcareous soils; usually at lower elevations but occasionally up to 700 metres[
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Often found in saline soils in the wild[
The tree coppices readily[
The heartwood is reddish brown and nicely marked. The wood is moderately heavy, hard and resistant to termite attack. It is used for house building, furniture and pestles[
The wood is used for fuel and for the production of 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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