Common name: needle wattle
Acacia carneorum Maiden APNI*
Synonyms: Acacia carnei Maiden APNI*
Racosperma carneorum (Maiden) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub or tree 2–5 m high; branchlets ± terete, densely hairy at least at apices.
Phyllodes rigid, ± straight, ± 4-angled, ± linear, 2–9 cm long, 1–2 (-2.5) mm wide, subglaucous, ± glabrescent with age except for hairs on margins, with a lighter-coloured vein at each angle, apex pungent-pointed; 1 inconspicuous gland at base; pulvinus obscure.
Inflorescences simple, 1 or rarely 2 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 12–25 mm long, appressed-hairy; heads globose, 45–50-flowered, 7–10 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods straight to curved, ± flat or slightly convex, straight-sided or barely constricted between seeds, 2–5 cm long, 8–12 mm wide, ± woody, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle expanded towards seed.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: south from west of Tibooburra to Menindee area; rare.
Grows in grassland and woodland, in red sandy soil.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: S.A.
Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Vulnerable ROTAP: 3VCi
Published as Acacia carnei and occurs under that name in some literature. The name was corrected to A. carneorum since the epithet honours both geologist Joseph E. Carne (1855-1922) and his botanist son Walter M. Carne (1885-1952).
Text by P.G. Kodela (last updated May 2012)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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