Fever Tree

Vachellia (Acacia) xanthophloea

Stem, thorns and leaves of the Fever Tree, Acacia xanthophloea, Nairobi, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Grounds of Nairobi National Museum, Kenya, Africa. October 2010.

Many wildlife forms depend on this indigenous tree. Follow the image links below for more information about a plant hopper and a wood-boring beetle.

Cixiid Plant Hopper  Metallic Wood-boring Beetle

A recently fallen tree attracts many insects and likewise the birds that feed on them such as tchagras.

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Brown-crowned Tchagra

The straigh bole of the Fever Tree is greenish-yellow and may have many sap flows from injuries.  Acacia xanthophloea, photo © Michael Plagens  Inflorescence of Acacia xanthophloea photo © Michael Plagens  Inflorescence of Acacia xanthophloea photo © Michael Plagens

The yellow inflorescence example was observed at Oltepesi on 14 Dec. 2014, while the pale rose example from Lake Elementaita on 16 Oct. 2016.

Fever Tree is a stately tree of river flood plains. The individual flowers are very small, but borne in dense spherical clusters. The abundant stamens, which provide most of the color, are frequently yellow in color, however, there are populations with white or pink flowers. The appearance of the tall boles make the tree easily recognizable among the many kinds of acacia: splotched yellow, powdery green and brown.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Page created on 14 August 2011,
updated 25 Jan. 2017.