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Acacia sclerophylla Lindl. var. sclerophylla Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae
Common name: hard-leaved wattle

Acacia sclerophylla var. sclerophylla Lindl. APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading shrub 0.2–3 m high; bark finely fissured, brownish; branchlets ± terete, finely hairy, glabrescent, ± resinous.

Phyllodes oblanceolate to narrowly oblanceolate, straight or slightly curved, 1–4.5 cm long, usually 2–4 mm wide, glabrous, ± resinous, 2–5 or more longitudinal veins prominent, apex acute to obtuse with a mucro; glands absent or 1 small gland near base; pulvinus < 1 mm long.

Inflorescences simple, 1 or 2 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 1.5–6 mm long, glabrous; heads globose, 10–20-flowered, 3–5 mm diam., bright yellow.

Pods ± curved or twisted or openly coiled 1–2 times, slightly raised over and ± constricted between seeds, 3–6 cm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, firmly papery, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.

Photo T.M. Tame


Flowering: August–October.

Distribution and occurrence: west of Balranald.

Grows in mallee, in sandy and sandy loam soils, and on saline flats.
NSW subdivisions: SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
AVH map***

The name is from Greek scleros (hard) and phyllon (a leaf), referring to the thick, hard phyllodes in dried specimens (N. Hall & L.A.S. Johnson, The Names of Acacias of New South Wales, 1993).

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

The single variety in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.

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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