Common name: three-veined wattle
Acacia trinervata Sieber ex DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Acacia trinervata var. brevifolia Benth. APNI*
Racosperma trinervatum (Sieber ex DC.) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub 1.5–3 m high; branchlets angled towards apices, glabrous.
Phyllodes ± rigid, very narrowly elliptic to ± linear, straight or slightly curved, 1.5–5 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, glabrous, sometimes scurfy at first, 2 or 3 longitudinal veins prominent, apex pungent-pointed; 1 inconspicuous gland 0–3 mm above base; pulvinus < 1 mm long.
Inflorescences simple, 1 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles usually 10–20 mm long, ± glabrous; heads globose, 20–30-flowered, 5–7.5 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods straight to curved, sometimes curled back or twisted, slightly raised over seeds, ± straight-sided to slightly constricted between some seeds, 6–12 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous or minutely hairy; seeds longitudinal; funicle folded 3 or 4 times, expanded towards seed (arilate).
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: western Sydney and adjacent lower Blue Mtns, from Wilberforce to Woodford.
Grows in eucalypt open forest and woodland, on sandstone and shale.
NSW subdivisions: CC
The name refers to the three-veined phyllodes which are also pungent, and these characters help distinguish it from other species.
Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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