Acacia beadleana R.H.Jones & J.J.Bruhl APNI*
Description: Erect to spreading shrub 0.4–2.5 m high; branchlets terete, densely hairy with usually long whitish ± spreading crisped hairs.
Phyllodes irregularly clustered, narrowly elliptic to ± linear, straight or recurved, 0.5–1.3 cm long, 0.6–1.4 mm wide, green or subglaucous, ± sparsely hairy especially on lower edge with scattered whitish crisped hairs, longitudinally wrinkled when dry, veins obscure or not evident, apex acute to short-acuminate with a mucro; 1 inconspicuous gland at base; pulvinus to 1 mm long.
Inflorescences 1 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 6–16 mm long, hairy; heads globose, 32–46-flowered, 8–10 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods ± straight, ± flat, mostly ± straight-sided and often constricted between some seeds, 1.5–6 cm long, mostly 7–10.5 mm wide, thinly leathery, glabrous, pruinose; seeds transverse to oblique; funicle filiform.
Flowering: all seasons, peaking in January–February.
Distribution and occurrence: confined to Gibraltar Range National Park.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and heath.
NSW subdivisions: NT
The name honours Professor Noel Charles William Beadle (1914-1998), foundation Professor of Botany at the University of New England, noted ecologist and taxonomist. Previously included with the related species Acacia brunioides. Most closely related to A. gordonii.
Text by P.G. Kodela, R.H. Jones & J.J. Bruhl (July 2005; edited May 2012)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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