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Acacia terminalis (Salisb.) J.F.Macbr. subsp. terminalis Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae
Common name: sunshine wattle

Acacia terminalis subsp. terminalis (Salisb.) J.F.Macbr. APNI*

Description: Erect, often spindly or spreading shrub to c. 2 m high. Branchlets angled, with longitudinal ridges 0.1–0.3 mm high, glabrous to densely pubescent/puberulous with erect to spreading, white hairs to 0.3 mm long.

Leaves with petiole (0.3-) 0.5–2.1 cm long, very sparsely to densely pubescent, gland 1.2–3.5 x 0.8–1.5 mm; rachis 1–5 (-6) cm long, sparsely to densely appressed- to spreading-hairy; pinnae (1-) 2–5 (-8) pairs, (1.5-) 2–4.5 (-6) cm long; pinnules (5-) 9–14 pairs, (3-) 5–11.5 mm long, (1.3-) 2–4 (-6) mm wide.

Inforescences axillary racemes or panicles, the raceme or main panicle axes to 16.5 cm long; heads 7–11 (-14)-flowered, 7–11 mm diam., pale yellow; peduncles 7–15 mm long, (0.5-) 0.7–1 mm diam., usually densely pubescent/puberulous. Calyx 0.8–1.4 mm long.

Pods (3.5-) 6–10 cm long, (12-) 14–19 mm wide.


Habit
Photo P.G. Kodela

Flower
Photo Leonie Stanberg

Fruit
Photo Leonie Stanberg

Other photo
Photo P.G. Kodela

Flowering: March–July.

Distribution and occurrence: a rare subspecies occurring in N.S.W., mainly in near-coastal areas from the northern shores of Sydney Harbour S to Botany Bay, with most records from the Port Jackson area and the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

Scattered or locally common in scrub and open eucalypt woodland or forest, usually in sandy soil on creek banks, hillslopes or in shallow soil in rock crevices and sandstone platforms on cliffs.
NSW subdivisions: CC

Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Endangered ROTAP: 2RCi
AVH map***

The distinguishing features of this subspecies include the following characteristics: branchlets, leaf rachises and the relatively thick peduncles often densely puberulous/pubescent, the short, spreading hairs white or pale yellow. Petiolar gland small.

Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden (2002)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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