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The new species Acacia fumosa is described and illustrated. It is confined to the Somali National Regional State (Ogaden) in eastern Ethiopia, where it is dominant and widespread on limestone hills in an area of at least 8 000 km2. Acacia fumosa is closely related to A. ochracea in south-western Somalia, but differs, for example, in its ash grey, smooth and non-flaking bark, densely pubescent leaves, and pink flowers.