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Acacia torringtonensis Tindale
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae
Acacia torringtonensis Tindale APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading shrub 0.6–2 m high; bark smooth, grey to black; branchlets ± terete, densely hairy.

Phyllodes sometimes whorled or clustered, linear to very narrowly elliptic or linear-oblanceolate, mostly slightly curved to straight, 1–2.5 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, subglaucous, hairy, longitudinally wrinkled when dry, veins obscure or not evident, apex acute with a mucro; 1 inconspicuous gland along margin or sometimes absent; pulvinus to 1 mm long.

Inflorescences 1–3 on an axillary axis 3–15 mm long, often with some heads single in axil of some phyllodes; peduncles 3–11 mm long, hairy; heads globose, 30–40-flowered, 7–10 mm diam., yellow or bright yellow.

Pods strongly curved or twisted, ± flat, straight-sided to barely or irregularly slightly constricted between seeds, 3–9 cm long, 4–6 mm wide, leathery, hairy; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.


Habitat
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Flower
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Herbarium
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Flowering: August–October.

Distribution and occurrence: north to the Wallangara district.

Grows in heath amongst granite outcrops and in dry sclerophyll forest and woodland.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS
AVH map***

Sometimes included under the closely related Acacia ruppii (e.g. in Queensland it is regarded as conspecific with A. ruppii), but differs mostly from this species in its solitary or clustered peduncles usually on shorter axes, and more densely hairy pods. The name refers to the type locality the township of Torrington.

Text by P.G. Kodela (last update Apr 2012)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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