Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Acacias have cropped up in previous posts, and will again, being the food plant of many butterflies, and used by all sorts of insects, browsers and even us humans for stock feed and fuel. With the recent splitting of the genus, an emotionally charged debate has developed. Africa is in very real danger of losing its iconic genus name Acacia to the Australian wattles. It seems Australia is pleading numbers and Africa taxonomic priority. I thought the latter prevails in taxonomic tradition. I can't really see myself referring to Africa's "Senegalia savannahs."
I am not quite sure of the sp. in this picture, it is probably A. Karroo. In Januaries our hillsides are sometimes yellow with these blossom. The grasshopper is an incidental feeder.