Common name: gold-dust wattle, round-leaved wattle
Acacia acinacea Lindl. APNI*
Synonyms: Acacia rotundifolia Hook. APNI*
Acacia cyclophylla Schltdl. APNI*
Acacia latrobei Meisn. APNI*
Acacia obliqua A.Cunn. ex Benth. APNI*
Racosperma acinaceum (Lindl.) Pedley APNI*
Description: Decumbent or spreading shrub 0.3–2 m high; bark smooth, grey to dark brown; branchlets angled or flattened, hairy or glabrous.
Phyllodes oblanceolate to ± obcuneate, narrowly elliptic to ± circular or obovate, ± straight, 0.5–2 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, hairy or glabrous, midvein usually faint, lateral veins obscure or not evident, apex obtuse with a mucro; glands not prominent, 1 near or below middle of phyllode and another adjacent to apical mucro; pulvinus < 1 mm long, glabrous.
Inflorescences 1 or 2 in axil of phyllodes, usually on an axis to 0.5 mm long; peduncles 3–15 mm long, slender, glabrous; heads globose, 8–16-flowered, 3–5.5 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods twisted or spirally coiled, ± flat except slightly raised over seeds, usually barely to slightly constricted between seeds, mostly 3–7 cm long, 3–4 mm wide, firmly papery and brittle, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle expanded towards seed.
Flowering: usually August–October.
Distribution and occurrence: south from the Gilgandra district.
Grows in woodland and open forest, in sandy, clay and loam soils.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST, CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
The name may refer to the small, more or less oblong phyllodes which often occur in this species.
Text by P.G. Kodela (last updated June 2012)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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