Common name: Bellinger River wattle, Newry golden wattle
Acacia chrysotricha Tindale APNI*
Description: Erect tree usually 6–15 m high; bark finely or deeply fissured, grey to red-brown; branchlets ± terete with low ridges, densely yellowish-hairy at first, later the hairs greyish or fawn.
Leaves ± sessile on pulvinus, with petiole to 0.1 cm long above pulvinus; rachis 5–14 cm long, densely hairy, circular jugary glands irregularly present at the lowest 1–3 pairs and/or upper 1–3 pairs of pinnae, interjugary glands absent or rarely an odd one present; pinnae 8–18 pairs, 1–4.7 cm long; pinnules mostly 12–25 pairs (6 or more on basal pinnae), oblong to narrowly oblong, elliptic-oblong or ± lanceolate, recurved when dry, mostly 3–4.5 mm long and 1–1.5 mm wide, with fine white or golden hairs mainly on margins and midvein.
Inflorescences in axillary and terminal racemes and panicles; peduncles 3–6 mm long, golden-hairy; heads globose, 15–30-flowered, 4–7 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods straight to slightly curved, ± flat, mostly barely to slightly constricted between seeds, 3–10 cm long, 4–6 mm wide, firmly papery thinly leathery, with long fine hairs; seeds longitudinal; funicle ± encircling the seed.
Distribution and occurrence: Brierfield and Newry State Forest area (inland from Macksville); rare.
Grows in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest, in steep narrow gullies, in quartzite soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Endangered ROTAP: 2R
The name refers to the coarse golden hairs on the branchlets.
Text by P.G. Kodela (last update 2004)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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