Common name: crowded-leaf wattle
Acacia conferta A.Cunn. ex Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma confertum (A.Cunn. ex Benth.) Pedley APNI*
Acacia tindaleae Pedley APNI*
Racosperma tindaleae (Pedley) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub to 3 m high; branchlets ± terete, hairy.
Phyllodes alternate, whorled or clustered, linear to very narrowly elliptic, straight or slightly curved, 0.5–1 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, finely hairy at first, usually glabrescent with age, often finely longitudinally wrinkled when dry, veins obscure or not evident, apex acute with a mucro; 1 small gland at base; pulvinus < 1 mm long.
Inflorescences simple, 1 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 6–15 mm long, c. 0.2 or sometimes to 0.3 mm wide, hairy; heads globose, 20–35-flowered, 4.5–8 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods straight to slightly curved, ± flat, mostly ± straight-sided and sometimes constricted between some seeds, 3–7.5 cm long, 10–15 mm wide, thinly leathery, glabrous, sometimes pruinose; seeds transverse; funicle filiform.
Flowering: March–September, sometimes to November.
Distribution and occurrence: chiefly north from Warialda and Moree.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland, often in sandy soil.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
The name refers to the crowded nature of the phyllodes. Closely related to Acacia mariae which is a more pubescent species. Although Cunningham supposedly collected the lectotype in central New South Wales it does not now appear to occur in the area.
Text by P.G. Kodela (last update: August 2008)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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