Homer Collar Skeels, 1909
Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Bean, Eland's Wattle, Elephant's Root.
elephantina, Burchell. 1824,
elephanthorhiza A. P. de Candolle,
Elephantorrhiza burchellii, Benth.
Prosopis elephantina, E.Mey.
Prosopis elephantorrhiza, Spreng.
This member of the Fabaceae family was
given this name
by Homer Collar Skeels in 1909. It
is found in the southern part of Africa, growing in a well-drained soil
with lots of water in summer and some sun. The thickened root is said to be
more then eight meters long, although I doubt it. Guess six centimetres
in diameter with annual branches of 20 to 60 centimetres are more
correct although the related/subspecies;
burkii can grow to six metres.
The genera name means
'elephant root'. The species name means 'elephant-like'.
Seen as Mimosaceae and of cause as Leguminosae.