Common name: Kowmung wattle
Acacia clunies-rossiae Maiden APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma clunies-rossiae (Maiden) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub or tree to 6 m high, sometimes to 10 m high; branchlets angled towards apices, often pruinose, ± hairy with appressed hairs.
Phyllodes narrowly elliptic, narrowly oblong-elliptic or oblanceolate, ± straight, 2.5–6.5 cm long, 4–10 mm wide, ± glaucous, finely appressed-hairy (often sparsely so), midvein prominent, lateral veins obscure, apex obtuse with a mucro; 1 gland 2–8 mm above pulvinus; pulvinus < 2 mm long.
Inflorescences 6–26 in an axillary raceme; axis usually 1.5–5 cm long; peduncles 2–5 mm long, with scattered appressed hairs to subglabrous; heads globose, 7–9-flowered, 2.5–4 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods ± straight or slightly curved, ± flat except raised over seeds, ± straight-sided to barely or irregularly more deeply constricted between seeds, 4–9 cm long, 7–10 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous, pruinose; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.
Flowering: August and September, sometimes to November.
Distribution and occurrence: from the Kowmung River and adjacent Coxs River district; rare.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, in valleys, on slopes and ridges, and along creeks.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT
Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Vulnerable ROTAP: 2RC-t
Allied to Acacia barringtonensis which has larger and acute phyllodes and the calyx shortly lobed. Named after Mrs Clunies-Ross, a foundation member of the Wattle Day League of New South Wales.
Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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