Common name: blue bush, Bluebush
Acacia covenyi Tindale APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading tree or shrub 1.5–7.5 m high; bark smooth, greyish; branchlets angled at extremities, glabrous, pruinose.
Phyllodes narrowly oblong-elliptic, straight or slightly curved, 3–5 cm long (occasionally 2 cm or more long), usually 5–11 mm wide, glabrous, glaucous, midvein prominent, obscurely penniveined, apex obtuse with a mucro; 1 small gland 5–25 mm above pulvinus; pulvinus to1.5 mm long.
Inflorescences 5–11 in an axillary raceme; axis 3–6 cm long; peduncles 3–5 mm long, glabrous; heads globose, 5–8-flowered, 3–5 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods straight to slightly curved, ± flat, ± straight-sided but often variably constricted between some seeds, 3.5–7 cm long, 8–13 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous, pruinose; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.
Distribution and occurrence: chiefly from Bendethera to Bega district.
Grows in thickets, chiefly on limestone slopes and ridges but sometimes on quartzite.
NSW subdivisions: SC, ST
Threatened species: ROTAP: 2RCa
Related to Acacia barringtonensis which has larger, sparsely pubescent phyllodes and to A. prominens which has a prominent gland. Named after Robert 'Bob' George Coveny, a botanical collector at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.
Text by P.G. Kodela (last edited February 2009)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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