Acacia podalyriifolia (pearl acacia)
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IdentityTop of page
Preferred Scientific Name
- Acacia podalyriifolia
Preferred Common Name
- pearl acacia
Local Common Names
- South Africa: Vaalmimosa
Summary of InvasivenessTop of page
The following summary is from Witt and Luke (2017):
Small evergreen tree or shrub [2–6 (–10) m tall] with no thorns/spines; young branchlets round or almost round in cross-section and covered with soft hairs.
Reason For Introduction
Bee forage, shade and ornament.
Roadsides, disturbed areas, urban open spaces, forest edges/gaps, grasslands and watercourses.
Can establish readily in a wide variety of climates, including dry areas, and tolerates mild frost. It grows rapidly and has the ability to form dense stands within a relatively short period, displacing native species and their associated organisms. By fixing nitrogen, it also alters soil nutrient cycling. In Australia, A. podalyriifolia can become naturalized wherever it has been planted.
Taxonomic TreeTop of page
- Domain: Eukaryota
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Spermatophyta
- Subphylum: Angiospermae
- Class: Dicotyledonae
- Order: Fabales
- Family: Fabaceae
- Subfamily: Mimosoideae
- Genus: Acacia
- Species: Acacia podalyriifolia
Distribution TableTop of page
The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
|Continent/Country/Region||Distribution||Last Reported||Origin||First Reported||Invasive||Reference||Notes|
|-New South Wales||Present|
Habitat ListTop of page
ReferencesTop of page
Witt, A., Luke, Q., 2017. Guide to the naturalized and invasive plants of Eastern Africa, [ed. by Witt, A., Luke, Q.]. Wallingford, UK: CABI.vi + 601 pp. http://www.cabi.org/cabebooks/ebook/20173158959 doi:10.1079/9781786392145.0000
CABI Data Mining, 2011. Invasive Species Databases.,
Witt A, Luke Q, 2017. Guide to the naturalized and invasive plants of Eastern Africa. [ed. by Witt A, Luke Q]. Wallingford, UK: CABI. vi + 601 pp. http://www.cabi.org/cabebooks/ebook/20173158959 DOI:10.1079/9781786392145.0000
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