Common name: Barrington wattle
Acacia barringtonensis Tindale APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma barringtonense (Tindale) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub 1–6 m high; branchlets angled at extremities, minutely appressed-hairy.
Phyllodes narrowly elliptic or narrowly oblong-elliptic, straight or slightly curved, usually 5–10 cm long (range: 3–13 cm long), 5–15 mm wide (rarely broader), sparsely hairy with minute appressed whitish or greyish hairs or glabrescent, midvein prominent, lateral veins faint, apex subacute or obtuse with a mucro; 1 gland 4–23 mm above pulvinus with margin often conspicuously indented; pulvinus to 2.5 mm long.
Inflorescences 3–16 in an axillary raceme; axis usually 1–5 cm long; peduncles 2–5 mm long, minutely appressed-hairy; heads globose, 8–20-flowered, 3.5–5 mm diam., yellow or deep yellow.
Pods straight to slightly curved, ± flat except raised over seeds, mostly ± straight-sided, 3–8 cm long, 8–12 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous or with sparse minute appressed hairs, often ± pruinose; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.
Distribution and occurrence: from Barrington Tops National Park to Boonoo Boonoo area.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, usually by streams or on margins of swamps.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
The name refers to Barrington Tops on the Mount Royal Range, west of Gloucester. Acacia barringtonensis is related to A. clunies-rossiae, A. caesiella and A. dorothea. Atypical specimens and/or intermediates with A. caesiella occur in the Gibraltar Range.
Text by P.G. Kodela (last updated Apr 2012)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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