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Acacia burrowii Maiden
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae
Common name: Burrow's wattle

Acacia burrowii Maiden APNI*

Synonyms: Racosperma burrowii (Maiden) Pedley APNI*
Acacia burrowi Maiden APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading tree 6–13 m high; bark hard, corrugated or slightly furrowed, grey; branchlets angled at extremities, soon terete, glabrous, sometimes scurfy, often resinous.

Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to very narrowly elliptic, straight or subfalcate, 4–10 cm long (sometimes 3 cm or more long), 3–11 mm wide (sometimes narrowly obovate to oblanceloate, 2–4 cm long), glabrous to sparsely hairy, longitudinal veins numerous, closely spaced, non-anastomosing, 1 or sometimes 3 slightly more prominent, apex acute; 1 inconspicuous gland at base; pulvinus 1–2 mm long.

Inflorescences 2 on an axillary axis 1–8 mm long or 1 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 1–4 mm long, scurfy, minutely glandular-hairy; heads cylindrical, 1.5–3 cm long, bright yellow.

Pods ± straight or curved, ± flat but slightly raised over seeds, ± straight-sided to slightly constricted between seeds, 2–7.5 cm long, 2–4 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, slightly longitudinally wrinkled, glabrous or sparsely hairy, sometimes slightly pruinose; seeds longitudinal; funicle folded several times and expanding into an aril.

Photo T.M. Tame

Photo T.M. Tame


Flowering: August–October.

Distribution and occurrence: from the Cobar-Nyngan area north to Yetman (including the Pilliga Scrub), and into southeastern Qld.

Grows in eucalypt forest, woodland, mallee and scrub, often on rocky ridges or stony hillsides.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Named after Robert John Gordon Burrow (1877-1957) who was a senior officer with the Forestry Commission of NSW.

Text by P.G. Kodela (last updated February 2009)
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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