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Acacia costiniana Tindale
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae
Common name: Costin's Wattle

Acacia costiniana Tindale APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading shrub 0.6–2 m high, often multistemmed and branches weeping; bark smooth; branchlets ± terete, densely hairy. Stipules usually persistent.

Phyllodes often crowded, ± asymmetrically elliptic to ovate, 0.5–2 cm long, 3–10 mm wide, sparsely to moderately hairy with appressed straight to crisped hairs, midvein prominent, lateral veins obscure, margins undulate, apex acute with a mucro; 1 gland at base; pulvinus usually 0.5–1 mm long.

Inflorescences 1 in axil of phyllodes or 1–10 in an axillary raceme; axis 0.5–3 cm long; peduncles 1.5–10 mm long, minutely hairy; heads ± ovoid to globose, 0.5–1 cm long, 15–25-flowered, yellow to bright yellow.

Pods ± straight, ± flat, ± straight-sided, 1.5–5.5 cm long, 7–12 mm wide, thinly leathery, rusty-velvety becoming silvery rusty; seeds transverse or oblique; funicle expanded towards seed.

Robin Griffiths

Photo T.M. Tame

Flowering: August–October.

Distribution and occurrence: from Captains Flat to the Bombala district.

Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and heath, often on rocky slopes.
NSW subdivisions: ST

Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RCa
AVH map***

Related to Acacia lucasii which has larger, flat phyllodes and lacks stipules. Named after Alec Baitllie Costin, formerly of the CSIRO.

Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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