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Acacia drepanolobium (Whistling Thorn)

Synonyms: Acacia formicarum; Acacia lathouwersii

Wikipedia Abstract

Acacia drepanolobium, commonly known as Whistling Thorn, is a swollen-thorn acacia native to East Africa. The whistling thorn grows up to 6 meters tall. It produces a pair of straight thorns at each node, some of which have large bulbous bases. These swollen thorns are naturally hollow and occupied by any one of several symbiotic ant species.
View Wikipedia Record: Acacia drepanolobium

Attributes

Allergen Potential [1]  High
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Structure [2]  Tree

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Mahale Mountains National Park II 398414 Tanzania
Mount Kulal Biosphere Reserve 1729738 Kenya  

Ecosystems

Predators

Crisicoccus monodi <Unverified Name>[3]
Giraffa camelopardalis (giraffe)[4]
Hockiana hirsutus[3]
Hockiana insolitus[3]
Crematogaster mimosae[5]
Crematogaster nigriceps (Ant)[5]

Consumers

Shelter for 
Crematogaster mimosae[6]
Crematogaster sjostedti[6]
Tetraponera penzigi[5]
Crematogaster mimosae[5]
Crematogaster nigriceps (Ant)[5]

Distribution

Ethiopia (native); Kenya (native); Somalia (native); Sudan (native); Tanzania (native); Uganda (native); Zaire (native);

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Citations

Species recognized by Rico ML, , in Catalog of Life 2011
Attributes / relations provided by 1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000) 2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935 3Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009 4Sex differences in giraffe feeding ecology: energetic and social constraints, Truman P. Young & Lynne A. Isbell, Ethology 87, 79-89 (1991) 5SPATIAL HABITAT HETEROGENEITY INFLUENCES COMPETITION AND COEXISTENCE IN AN AFRICAN ACACIA ANT GUILD, TODD M. PALMER, Ecology, 84(11), 2003, pp. 2843–2855 6Interspecific and Temporal Variation of Ant Species Within Acacia drepanolobium Ant Domatia, a Staple Food of Patas Monkeys (Erythrocebus patas) in Laikipia, Kenya, LYNNE A. ISBELL1 AND TRUMAN P. YOUNG, American Journal of Primatology 69:1387–1398 (2007)
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