Acacia julifera subsp. julifera Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma juliferum (Benth.) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading tree to 10 m high; bark deeply fissured, dark grey; branchlets angled towards apices, otherwise ± terete, densely hairy at first, soon becoming ± glabrous.
Phyllodes dimorphic, narrowly elliptic to very narrowly elliptic, mostly subfalcate or falcate, 7–25 cm long, 5–25 mm wide, glabrous or slightly hairy, longitudinal veins numerous, closely spaced, non-anastomosing, 3–5 more prominent, apex subacute; 1 small gland at base; phyllodes on immature growth usually densely hairy; pulvinus 2–3 mm long.
Inflorescences 2 or rarely 3 in axil of phyllodes or rarely on a short axillary axis to 10 mm long; peduncles 2–5 mm long, hairy or glabrous; heads cylindrical, 3–5 cm long, bright yellow.
Pods straight or slightly curved, sometimes twisted more than twice, ± terete but flattened when dry, straight-sided to barely constricted between seeds, 5–11 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, leathery, longitudinally ridged-wrinkled when dry, glabrous or with sparse minute hairs; seeds longitudinal; funicle folded several times, expanding into a thickened aril.
Flowering: usually May–June.
Distribution and occurrence: record for Banyabba Nature Reserve (near Coaldale) not substantiated.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, in well-drained sandy soils or on sandstone.
NSW subdivisions: ?NC
Other Australian states: Qld
The name refers to the catkin like spicate inflorescence. Related to Acacia burrowii and to A. blakei. The young growth of the former is somewhat resinous and with smaller phyllodes, while that of the latter is glabrous to sparsely pubescent. (T.M. Tame, Acacias of Southeast Australia, 1992).
Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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