Common Hook-thorn

Scientific Name
Senegalia caffra (Thunb.) P.J.H.Hurter & Mabb.
Higher Classification
Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd., Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd. var. longa Glover, Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd. var. namaquensis Eckl. & Zeyh., Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd. var. tomentosa Glover, Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd. var. transvaalensis Glover, Acacia fallax E.Mey., Acacia multijuga Meisn., Mimosa caffra Thunb.
Common Names
Amaquasdoornboom (a), Cat Thorn (e), Cat-thorn (e), Common Hookthorn (e), Common Hook-thorn (e), Gewone Haakdoring (a), Hakiesdoring (a), Hook-thorn (e), Kaffer-wag-'n-bietjie (a), Kaffirdoring (a), Kaffir-thorn (e), Kaffir-wag-'n-bietjie (a), Katdoring (a), Moroba Diepe (ns), Moroba-diêpe (ns), Morutlhare (tw), Motholo (ns), Muvunda-mbado (v), Radiepane (ns), Umnyamanzi (x), Umthole (x), Umtholo (z), Wag-'n-bietjie (a), Wag-'n-bietjie-doring (a), White Thorn (e)
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
Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Senegalia caffra (Thunb.) P.J.H.Hurter & Mabb.Least Concern 2015.1
Acacia caffra (Thunb.) Willd.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Boon, R. 2010. Pooley's Trees of eastern South Africa. Flora and Fauna Publications Trust, Durban.

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

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.

Vlok, J. and Schutte-Vlok, A.L. 2010. Plants of the Klein Karoo. Umdaus Press, Hatfield.

Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Senegalia caffra (Thunb.) P.J.H.Hurter & Mabb. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/24

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