Common name: thorn wattle, thorny wattle
Acacia continua Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub 1–2 m high; branchlets terete with low longitudinal ridges, glabrous.
Phyllodes continuous with branchlets, straight to slightly curved, ± terete to 4-angled, mostly 0.8–3.5 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, glabrous, with 4–8 raised longitudinal veins, tapered to a pungent apex; 1 gland ± central on margin and often at incurved bend in phyllode.
Inflorescences simple, 1 or 2 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 1–7 mm long, glabrous; heads globose, 6–10 mm diam., (15-) 30-flowered, bright yellow.
Pods usually curved to once-coiled, constricted between and raised on alternate sides over seeds, 2–8 cm long, 3–5 mm wide, brittle to leathery, slightly wrinkled, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle expanded towards seed.
Flowering: August – September. (Flowers July-October.)
Distribution and occurrence: west from Hillston-Roto area.
Grows in mallee and Callitris woodland, often on rocky ridges or along watercourses.
NSW subdivisions: ?NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: S.A.
The name refers to the apparent continuation of the phyllode base to the angled stem. This species is not likely to be confused with other species in New South Wales.
Text by P.G. Kodela (last edited May 2012)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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