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Sicklebush (Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn.) is a thorny, semi-deciduous to deciduous leguminous shrub that can reach a height of m (Orwa et al. Dichrostachys cinerea. Photo: Bart Wursten Gatsi Communal Area, Honde Valley . Dichrostachys cinerea. Photo: Bart Wursten Mukuvisi Woodland, office area. Dichrostachys cinerea is a very variable and taxonomically complex species found from Africa to Australia. It has at times been treated as several distinct species.

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Natural regeneration is strongest by root suckers.

You can unsubscribe at anytime. Established plants are very drought resistant[]. Cailliea cinerea Macbride Cailliea dichrostachys Guill. Seedpods that have fallen to the ground Photograph by: The twice-compound, petiolate leaves are very variable in size with 4 to 19 pairs of pinnae and each pinna with 9 to 41 pairs of leaflets, giving it an Acacia -like appearance.

A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Ramiro Chaves Public domain. Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Scarified seeds give better germination, and a pre-treatment of 25 minutes in concentrated sulphuric acid gives optimum germination of days dlchrostachys freshly collected seeds.

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As Dichrostachys cinerea africana africana Coates Palgrave K. You can translate the cineera of this page by selecting a language in the select box.

Adult plants can survive a very long time, producing seeds almost all year long. Management and utilization of browse species as livestock feed in semi-arid district of North Ethiopia.

Polyembryony has been observed in the seeds World Agroforestry Centre, Two subspecies are currently recognized in southern Africa. Debarked roots are used for racks and baskets. A plant of low to medium elevations in the tropics, growing best in moist areas but able to succeed in arid areas as well[ ].

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Yields of about 1 kilo of seed pods per mature plant can be expected[ ]. Dichrostachys cinerea makes impressive bonsai specimens. Limpopo, Mpumalanga Soil type: Marabou Thorn, Sickle Bush.

Title Branch Caption A cluster of immature indehiscent pods, spiny shoots and leaves of D. However, some authors have considered that the total phenolic content was low enough to be nutritionally safe for ruminants Matlebyane et al.

Dichrostachys cinerea Marabou Thorn, Sickle Bush PFAF Plant Database

Sicklebush is sometimes a source of conflict between pastoralists and charcoal producers Kavana et al. Flowering branches Photograph by: Terrestrial Expert in the botany of French Polynesia and the Pacific Islands, and has worked on ecology cinere biological control of Miconia calvescens in French Polynesia.

The result is a score of 16 and a recommendation of: Ripening and mature seedpods Photograph by: Skeels Dichrostachys forbesii Benth. Applied externally, they are believed to produce a local dichroetachys ]. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. The bark, roots and leaves are all used for a number of medicinal purposes for example to treat headaches, toothaches, stings, sore eyes, leprosy, epilepsy and as a diuretic World Agroforestry Centre,and to treat snakebites, elephantitis and other internal parasitic worms, syphilis and gonorrhoea von Maydell, The branches have strong alternate lateral shoots to 8 cm long appearing as thorns that may have leaves at the base.

This way, a reasonable amount of seeds could be saved from insect attack. In cjnerea West Indies, Dichrostachys cinerea has been responsible for the invasion of rangelands and has caused significant agricultural production losses.


Details of Dichrostachys cinerea in information. A plant in the range of 7 – 8. The plant is widely used for sand dune stabilization and soil conservation[ ].

Dichrostachys cinerea

Journal of Tropical Forestry, dichrostacys 3: Enclosures made with the plant prevent livestock and other animals from dichrostachsy entry to vegetable gardens, cash crops etc[ ]. It was introduced to the West Indies during the 19th century, where it has invaded range lands and caused significant economic losses in agricultural production. The flowers are 25 to 50 mm long, pendulous spikes that are borne in the leaf axils, singly or in bundles.

Each plant produces dichrostachsy large number of seeds per year, almost all year long. Taxonomic Tree Top of page Domain: Copyright Chris Fagg, Depto. Description Top of page D. It is well suited for silvopastoral systems since it can be intercropped with grasses and legumes such as buffel grass Cenchrus ciliarissewan grass Lasiurus scindicus and caribbean stylo Stylosanthes hamata Orwa et al. Sicklebush Dichrostachys cinereaaerial part, fresh. Now containing plants. Flora of tropical East Africa: Shrub or small tree, m, sometimes suckering and thicket-forming.

If you would cinerda to support this site, please consider Donating. The growth of the plants is very fast[ ]. Cooke; Meyer et al.