Common name: brown wattle
Acacia brunioides A.Cunn. ex G.Don APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma brunioides (G.Don) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub 0.5–2.5 m high; branchlets ± terete, glabrous to hairy.
Phyllodes spirally arranged to irregularly whorled or clustered, straight or slightly curved, terete to subterete, 0.3–1.2 cm long, 0.4–0.7 mm wide, glabrous, green or subglaucous, finely longitudinally wrinkled when dry, veins obscure or not evident, apex acute or obtuse with a mucro; 1 inconspicuous gland at base; pulvinus c. 0.5 mm long.
Inflorescences simple, 1 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 5–11 mm long, hairy or glabrous; heads globose, 20–27-flowered, 7–9 mm diam., ± white to bright yellow.
Pods ± straight, ± flat, mostly ± straight-sided and often constricted between some seeds, 1.5–6 cm long, 6–15 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous, sometimes pruinose; seeds transverse to oblique; funicle filiform.
Distribution and occurrence: north from the Glen Innes district.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and heath, commonly on granite.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, ?NWS
Other Australian states: Qld Qld
Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden (2002)
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Phyllodes 2.5–7 mm long, gradually narrowed at apex into an acute point; flower heads pale yellow to cream-coloured or almost white; peduncles 4–12 mm long, longer than phyllodes; pods 7–10 mm wide.||subsp. brunioides|
|Phyllodes 5–12 mm long, abruptly narrowed at apex into a mucro; flower heads bright yellow; peduncles 4–13 mm long, ± equal or longer than phyllodes; pods 9–15 mm wide.||subsp. granitica|
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