Common name: Halls Creek Wattle
Acacia cowleana Tate APNI*
Synonyms: Acacia oligophleba Pedley APNI*
Description: Shrub or tree 2–8 m high; bark fibrous and fissured towards base of trunks; branchlets angled becoming terete, silky.
Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, ± straight to ± falcate, 12–22 cm long, 14–36 mm wide, grey-green, golden-silky when young becoming silvery, 3 longitudinal veins prominent (the uppermost sometimes less prominent) with the lower 2 running together near base but remaining separate from lower margin, minor veins longitudinally anastomosing, apex rounded obtuse to subacute with a mucro; 1 gland at base; pulvinus 3–7 mm long.
Inflorescences 1 or 2 per axil, simple or on an axillary axis to 2 mm long; peduncles 3–10 mm long, silky; heads cylindrical, 3–5 cm long, bright yellow.
Pods straight to slightly curved, raised over and slightly constricted between seeds, 4–12 cm long, 3.5–5 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, sparsely hairy or glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle 2 or 3 times folded and expanded into a conspicuous bright yellow aril.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland with Spinifex at Beulah Station near Enngonia, and possibly occurs eastward to the New Angledool area; rare in N.S.W.
NSW subdivisions: NWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by P.G. Kodela (August 2005)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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