Common name: nealie, nelia
Acacia loderi Maiden APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma loderi (Maiden) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading tree 3–8 m high; bark smooth or finely fissured, greyish; branchlets angled or terete, hairy, glabrescent.
Phyllodes straight to slightly curved, compressed-terete to ± linear, 5–11 cm long, 0.9–2.5 mm wide, green or glaucous, hairy with appressed whitish hairs, longitudinal veins numerous and ± obscure, apex delicately curved, acute with mucro; 1 gland at base; pulvinus c. 1 mm long.
Inflorescences 2–6 in axil of phyllodes, simple or on an axillary axis 1–5 mm long; peduncles 4–7 mm long, minutely appressed-hairy; heads globose, 25–36-flowered, 3–6 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods ± straight, raised over and constricted between seeds (± moniliform), 4–11 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, papery, with obscure anastomosing longitudinal veins, appressed-hairy or glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle expanded towards seed.
Distribution and occurrence: west of Hillston and north to White Cliffs.
Grows generally on level and undulating country, in solonized brown soils.
NSW subdivisions: SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
The type collection was made in the Broken Hill district in 1905 by Andrew Charles Loder (1861-?1910), one time assistant forester at Broken Hill, and after whom the species is named.
Text by P.G. Kodela (last update Apr 2012)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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