Common name: boree
Acacia cana Maiden APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma canum (Maiden) Pedley APNI*
Acacia eremea Maiden APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub 2–5 m high, often gnarled and deformed; bark grey; branchlets angled at extremities, finely appressed-hairy, glabrescent.
Phyllodes linear to very narrowly elliptic, ± straight, 5–13 cm long, (1.5-) 2–5 mm wide, ± silvery with fine appressed hairs, sometimes ± glabrescent with age, obscurely mutlistriate with 1–3 longitudinal veins sometimes more prominent, apex acute with a mucro; 1 inconspicuous gland at base; pulvinus 1–2 mm long, hairy.
Inflorescences 2–6 on an axillary axis usually 1–3 mm long, rarely to 10 mm; peduncles 3–8 mm long, minutely appressed-hairy; heads globose, 15–35-flowered, 4–6.5 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods ± curved, slightly raised over seeds and constricted between them, 6–10 cm long, (3-) 4–6 (-8) mm wide, leathery to brittle, longitudinally veined, silvery grey with appressed hairs; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.
Distribution and occurrence: west of Enngonia and south to Wilandra Creek.
Grows in woodland on gibber plains and in sandy soil.
NSW subdivisions: SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Related to Acacia calcicola which has larger flower heads in short racemes and the young phyllodes are a silky golden-bronze. The name alludes to the hoary whitish-grey appearance of the plant.
Text by P.G. Kodela (updated Apr 2012)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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