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Common name: mallee golden wattle, Flinders wattle
Acacia notabilis F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma notabile (F.Muell.) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub 1–5 m high; bark smooth, reddish brown to grey; branchlets angled at extremities, glabrous.
Phyllodes ± narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate, ± straight, 5–15 cm long, 8–25 mm wide, leathery, glabrous, ± glaucous, midvein and marginal veins prominent, lateral veins ± faint, apex subacute or obtuse; 1 small gland at base and sometimes a second gland about a third along margin; pulvinus 3–5 mm long.
Inflorescences 4–16 in an axillary raceme; axis 2–7 cm long; peduncles 3–6 mm long, ± stout, glabrous; heads globose, usually 45–60-flowered, 7–8 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods ± straight, raised on opposite sides over alternate seeds, 3–7 cm long, 8–14 mm wide, thinly leathery, glabrous; seeds transverse; funicle filiform.
Distribution and occurrence: occurs in the Broken Hill district where it is rare.
Grows in mallee communities and open woodland, on stony and rocky hills.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Endangered
Possibly naturalised in New South Wales from plantings around Broken Hill or, if natural, it appears to be now uncommon in New South Wales. Related to Acacia beckleri, which has longer and narrower phyllodes, larger flower heads and longitudional seeds in the pods. May also be confused with A. hakeoides and A. gladiiformis, which also have the seeds placed longitudionally in the legume. The name probably refers to the attractive appearance of the species in the field. The gum and seeds are reported to have been used by the Aborigines as a food.
Text by P.G. Kodela & T.M. Tame
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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