Morphological keys for four Australian Acacia species grown in Kerala, India

M. Neethu Lakshmi, S. Gopakumar

Abstract


Several species of phyllodinous acacias have been introduced to Kerala, India. Examples include Acacia mangium Willd., A. auriculiformis A. Cunn. ex Benth, A. crassicarpa A. Cunn. ex Benth and A. aulacocarpa A. Cunn. ex Benth, which are used for raising social forestry plantations and afforestation of degraded lands. Although morphological variations abound among these species, the similarity of the phyllodes often confuses the planter. Morphological keys to identify the four species are presented.


Keywords


Australian acacias; taxonomy; morphological variations; identification key.

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A KAU publication [CODEN: JTAGEI; ISSN 0971-636X; eISSN 0973-5399]