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Acacia menabeensis

Acacia menabeensis is a Critically Endangered shrub, which is restricted to Madagascar.
Acacia menabeensis

Acacia menabeensis (Photo: David Du Puy)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Acacia menabeensis

Conservation status: 

Critically Endangered (CR) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Sandy soil in scrubland and succulent woodland, with baobabs (Adansonia species), including Adansonia fony.

Key Uses: 

None known.

Known hazards: 

Acacia menabeensis has a stem and branches covered in prickles.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fabales
Family: 
Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Mimosoideae
Genus: Acacia

About this species

Acacia menabeensis is a member of the pea and bean family (Leguminosae) and is native to Madagascar. It belongs to the group of Madagascan acacias which have bottle-brush-like inflorescences. The scented flowers are a source of nectar and pollen for bees, and the gum exuded by the plant when damaged is thought to be eaten by lemurs. There are only six herbarium specimens of A. menabeensis, the most recent from a collection made in 1996.

Synonym: 

Acacia minutifolia

Genus: 
Acacia

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