Common name: catkin wattle
Acacia dallachiana F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading tree 4–12 m high; bark smooth, grey or grey-brown, later deeply fissured; branchlets angled towards apices, glabrous.
Phyllodes narrowly elliptic, straight to subfalcate, 7.5–16 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, glabrous, 2–6 longitudinal veins prominent, minor veins conspicuously reticulate, apex subacute; 1 small gland near base; pulvinus 3–5 mm long.
Inflorescences 1 or 2 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 0–1 mm long, glabrous; heads cylindrical, 1.5–3.5 cm long, bright yellow.
Pods ± straight, raised over and constricted between seeds, 4–10 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, sparsely appressed-hairy to ± glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle folded several times; aril cup-shaped.
Distribution and occurrence: higher altitudes in the Snowy Mountains.
Grows in wet sclerophyll forest and woodlands, mostly on granite.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RC-
Named after John Dallachy (1808?-1871), a former curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.
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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