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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Nitrogen-fixation and nutrient relations in savanna woodland trees Tanzania. Plant the seeds to a depth equal to their diameter.

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Prefers a pH in the range 5 – 8, tolerating 4. Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images Seasonal variation of nutrient concentrations in a semi-arid savanna ecosystem in Botswana. As of yet there are no biocontrol agents being used although potential agents have been identified. Pods are usually a mustard brown and are generally twisted or spiralled and may be up to by 15 millimetres 3. Influences of fallow age and season on the foraging behavior and diet selection pattern of goats Capra hircus L.

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. The ideal sowing medium is coarse sand or soil that is mixed 1 part soil to 3 parts compost, to promote proper drainage.

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Dichrostachys cinerea is a semi-deciduous to deciduous tree characterized by bark on young branches, dark grey-brown fissures on older branches and stems and smooth on the spines. National list of invasive and potentially invasive plants in the Republic of Cuba – A study on the use of a screening system to assess proposed plant introductions to Hawaii or other Pacific Islands and to identify high-risk species used in horticulture and forestry which would greatly reduce future pest-plant problems and dichdostachys entry of most nonpests.


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dichrrostachys Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Behaviour of goats, sheep and cattle and their selection of browse species on natural pasture in a Sahelian area. Red List assessed species 3: Kalahari Christmas tree; sekelbos; tassels for the chief’s hat Sudan: The status of bush encroachment in Botswana’s grazing areas. Views Read Edit View history.

Chinese latern tree; marabu thorn; mazabu Spanish: In the West Indies, Dichrostachys cinerea has been responsible for the invasion of rangelands and has caused significant cinerex production losses.

The leaves, rich in nutrients, are frequently used as a green manure[ ]. Flowers and cineeea buds Photograph by: To get maximum fuel biomass, the plants should be harvested at 10 years[ ]. Lock JM; Simpson K, The pods ripen during periods of scarcity.

It is used in the treatment of dysentery, headaches, toothaches and elephantiasis[]. It is also cultivated as an indoor bonsai specimen. Struik, South Africa Page Dichrostachys cinerea is widespread throughout Africa.

Debarked roots are used for racks and baskets. L exemple de la Martinique. Due to dichrkstachys generally small dimensions, its utilization is limited to making items such as walking sticks, handles, spears and tool handles[ ]. Journal of Applied Ecology, 23 2: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling.

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However, the thorns make the leaves difficult to eat for cattle and they tend to cinerra them when they have the choice Aregawi et al. It is noted for attracting wildlife. It is considered to be termite resitant and has been used for a wide range of purposes including round wood, posts, exterior fittings, fences, though its utilization is limited by the scarcity of suitable dimensions and is more commonly used for walking sticks, tool handles, spears, etc.


Future introductions should take the Cuban situation into account when performing risk assessments. It is fire resistant.

Dichrostachys cinerea

For soil conservation, the species should not be disturbed in any way. Thorns Thorns may injure animals and have been reported as a major problem for cattle in some countries. The specific name cinerea refers to the greyish hairs of the typical subspecies, from the Latin cinereus ‘ashes’.

Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Dicotyledonae Summary of Invasiveness D. In Cuba, the use of mechanical control methods has been successful in reducing the area covered by D. Flora of Australia, To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately. A cluster of immature indehiscent pods, spiny shoots and leaves of D.

Legume forages Forage plants. Click here to register. Despite its various uses, it is generally regarded a threat to agricultural production and is listed on the Global Invasive Species Database.