Common name: dagger-leaved wattle
Acacia rhigiophylla F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma rhigiophyllum (F.Muell. ex Benth.) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub 1–3 m high; bark smooth, brown; branchlets ± terete, ± hairy. Stipules ± spinescent, to 1 mm long.
Phyllodes rigid, ± straight, 1–2.5 cm long, 1–4 mm wide, with 3–7 longitudinal veins (equally or several more prominent than the rest), non-anastomosing, apex pungent-pointed; glands absent; sessile or pulvinus < 1 mm long.
Inflorescences 2 or rarely 1 in axil of phyllodes, ± sessile; peduncles 0–1 mm long; heads ± ovoid or cylindrical, 0.9–1.3 cm long, bright yellow. Flowers 4-merous.
Pods strongly curved to loosely coiled, raised over and constricted between seeds, 5–10 cm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, firmly papery, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle short, expanded into a yellowish, conical aril on seed.
Distribution and occurrence: West Wyalong district.
Grows in eucalypt woodland and forest, scrub and shrubland, in shallow sandy and gravelly soils.
NSW subdivisions: CWS
Other Australian states: S.A.
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RCa
The name refers to the rigid phyllodes.
Text by P.G. Kodela (August 2005)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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