Common name: river cooba, river myall, belalie, eumong, gurley
Acacia stenophylla A.Cunn. ex Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma stenophyllum (A.Cunn. ex Benth.) Pedley APNI*
Acacia stenophylla var. linearis Maiden APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading tree 4–13 m high, often suckers; bark fissured, dark grey-brown; branchlets angled or flattened towards apices, glabrous or sometimes finely hairy, often ± pruinose.
Phyllodes pendulous, ± linear, straight or curved, 14–40 cm long, usually 2–8 mm wide, ± glabrous, numerous longitudinal veins prominent, apex subacute; 1 small gland at base; pulvinus 1.5–3 mm long.
Inflorescences 2–6 in an axillary raceme with axis 1–25 mm long or rarely 1 in phyllode axils; peduncles 4–15 mm long, hairy; heads globose, 20–40-flowered, 8–12 mm diam., cream-coloured to yellow.
Pods ± straight, ± moniliform, breaking readily at constrictions, 10–20 cm long, 8–14 mm wide, woody, obscurely wrinkled, glabrous, ± pruinose; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform or expanded towards seed.
Distribution and occurrence: widespread in inland districts, west of Inverell area.
Grows near rivers, creeks and swampy areas, in heavy clay soils.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
The name refers to the narrow phyllodes. Similar to Acacia coriacea subsp. sericophylla, which has densely pubescent phyllodes with obscure veins.
Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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