Black Thorn

Scientific Name
Senegalia mellifera (Vahl) Seigler & Ebinger subsp. detinens (Burch.) Kyal. & Boatwr.
Higher Classification
Acacia detinens Burch., Acacia mellifera (Vahl) Benth. subsp. detinens (Burch.) Brenan, Acacia tenax Marloth
Common Names
Beira (e), Beira Boom (a), Beiraboom (a), Beira-boom (a), Black Thorn (e), Black-thorn (e), Blouhaak (a), Blouhaakdoring (a), Blou-haakdoring (a), Blouhaakdoringboom (a), Bruinhaakdoring (a), Bruin-haakdoring (a), Gnoibos (a), Hakiesdoring (a), Heiraboom (a), Hook Thorn (e), Monga (tw), Mongana (tw), Monganakôtswana (tw), Mongangatau (ns), Monyaka-tau (ss), Munembedzi (v), Noebos (a), Noebush (e), Swarthaak (a), Swarthaak-akasia (a), Swarthaakdoring (a), Umkaya (nd), Wag-'n-bietjie (a), Wag-'n-bietjie-doring (a), Weerhaakdoring (a), Wynruithaakdoring (a), Wynruit-wag-'n-bietjie (a)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
W. Foden & L. Potter
This taxon was not selected in any one of four screening processes for highlighting potential taxa of conservation concern for detailed assessment and was hence given an automated status of Least Concern. The Threatened Species Programme is currently systematically completing full assessments for all taxa with an automated status. If you disagree with this taxon's status, please contact the Threatened Species Programme at the link below.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Northern Cape, North West
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Senegalia mellifera (Vahl) Seigler & Ebinger subsp. detinens (Burch.) Kyal. & Boatwr.Least Concern 2015.1
Acacia mellifera (Vahl) Benth. subsp. detinens (Burch.) BrenanLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Kyalangalilwa, B., Boatwright, J.S., Daru, B.H., Maurin, O. and van der Bank, M. 2013. Phylogenetic position and revised classification of Acacia s.l. (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae) in Africa, including new combinations in Vachellia and Senegalia. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 172(4):500-523.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Senegalia mellifera (Vahl) Seigler & Ebinger subsp. detinens (Burch.) Kyal. & Boatwr. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/24

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