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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Use of dangerous herbicides is often necessary.

Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value. The roots are used as a local anaesthetic for ailments such as snake bites, scorpion stings and toothache.

Dichrostachys cinerea Marabou Thorn, Sickle Bush PFAF Plant Database

Often forms widespread thickets by means of root suckers[ ]. Cape Town, South Africa: Established plants are very drought resistant[].

The hard and durable wood is also termite resistant, making it ideal for dicurostachys posts. Grassland Research in Northern Nigeria. Because the tree often grows many small trunks, it produces wood that is ideal in size for carrying in a headload[ ].

The flowers are pollinated by Bats, Bees. The leaves are petiolated, bipinnate, bearing leaflets Orwa et al.

Display spot characters for this species. Indigenous knowledge IK ranking of available browse and grass species and some shrubs used in medicinal and ethno-veterinary practices in ruminant livestock production in Limpopo province, South Africa.


For the time being we have treated this as one aggregate species. Details of Dochrostachys cinerea in information. Lock JM; Heald J, Ripening and mature seedpods Photograph by: Common Name Marabou Thorn, Sickle Bush Family Fabaceae USDA hardiness Known Hazards Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling Habitats Usually on poor, occasionally clayey soils, in brushwood, thickets, hedges, teak forest and grassland to dichrrostachys of 1, metres[].

Young plants may produce seeds. Plant and animal families Plant and animal species. Seeds survive long in the soil. Bush or treelet 1. Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. Distribution Table Top of page The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available.

Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Biological control of weed and insect pests using fungal pathogens, with particular reference to Sri Lanka. Dichrostachys cineria and Acacia nilotica dichrostavhys supplements to buffalo grass Buchloe dactyloides hay fed to Tswana goats. It occurs in brushwood, thickets, hedges, teak forest and grassland and generally takes to poorer quality clay soils dichrostacuys deep and sandy soils with a wide pH range.

Sicklebush (Dichrostachys cinerea) | Feedipedia

These rainfall figures seem much too low – the plant can grow right into the rainforest zone[K ]. Publisher University of Wisconsin Year ISBN Description An amazing and comprehensive work, dichdostachys a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus. Publisher Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit; Germany Year ISBN Description A well-researched book, usually with more than one photograph of each species and good information on the plant and its uses.


The bark on young branches is green and densely to sparsely puberulous, and on the older branches is dark-grey brown and longitudinally fissured. Title Branch Caption A cluster of immature indehiscent pods, spiny shoots and leaves of D. Relationships between chemical composition and in vitro digestibility of some common forage species used for ruminant livestock production in three chief areas of Capricorn Cinerrea, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Dichrostachys cinerea

Plans are fichrostachys to exploit it as a source of biomass for renewable power generation. Farmers’ knowledge in the utilisation of indigenous browse species for feeding of goats in semi arid central Tanzania.

Management involves frequent, heavy and expensive work. Sicklebush Dichrostachys cinerea L. Browse plants as feed resource for ruminants in Botswana.

The flowers are 25 to 50 mm long, pendulous spikes that are borne in the leaf dicurostachys, singly or in bundles.

Flora of tropical East Africa: