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Acacia flocktoniae Maiden
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae
Common name: Flockton wattle

Acacia flocktoniae Maiden APNI*

Synonyms: Racosperma flocktoniae (Maiden) Pedley APNI*
Acacia lunata var. crassiuscula Maiden & Betche ex Maiden APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading shrub 1.5–3 m high; branchlets angled or flattened at extremities, glabrous.

Phyllodes linear to very narrowly elliptic-oblanceolate, ± straight, usually 4–10 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, glabrous, midvein ± prominent, obscurely penniveined, apex subacute with a mucro; 1 inconspicuous gland 0–6 mm above pulvinus; pulvinus < 2 mm long.

Inflorescences 4–10 in an axillary raceme; axis 1–6 cm long; peduncles 2–4 mm long, glabrous; heads globose, 20–30-flowered, 3.5–5 mm diam., cream-coloured to bright yellow.

Pods straight to slightly curved, ± flat, barely to slightly and often irregularly more deeply constricted between seeds, 4–11 cm long, 5–7 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform, ± encircling seed.

C. Wardrop

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo A.E. Orme

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Photo A.E. Orme

Flowering: usually June–September, also recorded March, April, October, December.

Distribution and occurrence: the Blue Mtns from Mt Wilson south to the Picton district; rare.

Grows in dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone.
NSW subdivisions: CT

Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
AVH map***

Similar to Acacia forsythii, A. betchei and A. linearifolia but differs in the position of the gland on the phyllode and the perianth details. Named after Margaret Lillian Flockton (1861-1953), a botanical artist who illustrated many works of Joseph Maiden. Acacia flocktoniae is listed as Vulnerable in the Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) Database. This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project can not be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.

Text by P.G. Kodela (last updated July 2012)
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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