Common name: small red-leaved wattle
Acacia nana APNI*
Synonyms: Acacia sp. 'Small Red-leaved Wattle' (J.B. Williams 95033) APNI*
Acacia eborensis J.B.Williams ms. APNI*
Description: Spreading shrub, 0.3–2 m high, sometimes several-stemmed; bark finely fissured, brownish; branchlets angled or terete, sometimes hirsute or pubescent.
Bipinnate leaves usually present on mature plants, sometimes all leaves bipinnate; rachis 1.5–3.5 cm long, with 2–4 pairs of pinnae, jugary and interjugary glands absent; pinnae 1.5–3.5 cm long, each with 6–12 pairs of pinnules; pinnules oblong-elliptic, 2.5–6 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide. Phyllodes oblanceolate, ± straight, 2–7 cm long, 6–17 mm wide, reddish, ± glabrous or sparsely hairy, midvein prominent and ± towards upper margin, lateral veins ± obscure, margins prominent, apex ± acute with a sharply recurved mucro; 1 gland 5–20 mm above pulvinus or absent; pulvinus 1–4 mm long.
Inflorescences 4–12 in axillary or terminal racemes; axis 1–2.5 cm long; peduncles usually 1.4–2 mm long, minutely hairy to ± glabrous; heads globose, 7–10-flowered, 3–5 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods slightly to strongly curved, ± flat, mostly ± straight-sided or barely to slightly constricted between seeds, 1.5–8.5 cm long, 3.5–6 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous, not pruinose; seeds longitudinal; funicle with a sharply angled fold, extending up to halfway round the seed.
Distribution and occurrence: Cullen Bullen to Capertee in the western Blue Mtns and the Cathedral Rock National Park area (near Ebor) and southwest to northwest Armidale.
Usually grows in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland, in infertile sandy soils, in elevated rocky locations, often on disturbed roadsides.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT
Previously included with the related species Acacia rubida.
Text by J.B. Williams, P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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