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Common name: blunt leaf wattle, stiff-leaf wattle
Acacia obtusifolia A.Cunn. APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma obtusifolium (A.Cunn.) Pedley APNI*
Acacia intertexta Sieber ex DC. APNI*
Acacia longifolia f. elongata Benth. APNI*
Acacia longifolia var. obtusifolia (A.Cunn.) Benth. ex Seem. APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub or tree 1.5–8 m high (sometimes taller, up to 15 m); bark smooth or corrugated, grey; branchlets angled towards apices, glabrous.
Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to ± linear, sometimes narrowly oblanceolate, straight or subfalcate, 8–20 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, glabrous, usually 2 or 3 or more longitudinal veins more prominent, minor veins coarsely longitudinally anastomosing, apex ± obtuse; margins not smooth, ± resinous and irregularly indented; 1 gland at base; pulvinus 2–5 mm long.
Inflorescences 1 or 2 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 2–5 mm long, glabrous; heads cylindrical, 4–5 cm long, pale yellow to cream-coloured; flowers scattered on rachis.
Pods ± straight, usually subterete, 6–14.5 cm long, 3–5 mm wide, slightly woody and brittle when dry, smooth, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle folded several times into a large aril.
Flowering: usually December–February.
Distribution and occurrence: chiefly on the coast and adjacent ranges, west to Rylstone and Braidwood areas.
Grows in dry and wet sclerophyll forest, margins of rainforest, woodland and heath, in sandy and loam soils, mostly on sandstone but also basalt and other substrates.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Closely related to Acacia longifolia and can be distinguished from it by the resinous phyllode margins and usually later flowering and paler flower heads. The name refers to the obtuse apex of the phyllodes.
Text by P.G. Kodela (August 2005; last updated December 2012)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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