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Acacia clunies-rossiae Maiden
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae
Common name: Kowmung wattle

Acacia clunies-rossiae Maiden APNI*

Synonyms: Racosperma clunies-rossiae (Maiden) Pedley APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading shrub or tree to 6 m high, sometimes to 10 m high; branchlets angled towards apices, often pruinose, ± hairy with appressed hairs.

Phyllodes narrowly elliptic, narrowly oblong-elliptic or oblanceolate, ± straight, 2.5–6.5 cm long, 4–10 mm wide, ± glaucous, finely appressed-hairy (often sparsely so), midvein prominent, lateral veins obscure, apex obtuse with a mucro; 1 gland 2–8 mm above pulvinus; pulvinus < 2 mm long.

Inflorescences 6–26 in an axillary raceme; axis usually 1.5–5 cm long; peduncles 2–5 mm long, with scattered appressed hairs to subglabrous; heads globose, 7–9-flowered, 2.5–4 mm diam., bright yellow.

Pods ± straight or slightly curved, ± flat except raised over seeds, ± straight-sided to barely or irregularly more deeply constricted between seeds, 4–9 cm long, 7–10 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous, pruinose; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.

C. Wardrop

Photo Andrew Orme

Photo Andrew Orme

Photo T.M. Tame

Photo Andrew Orme

Other photo
Photo T.M. Tame

Flowering: August and September, sometimes to November.

Distribution and occurrence: from the Kowmung River and adjacent Coxs River district; rare.

Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, in valleys, on slopes and ridges, and along creeks.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT

Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable
AVH map***

Allied to Acacia barringtonensis which has larger and acute phyllodes and the calyx shortly lobed. Named after Mrs Clunies-Ross, a foundation member of the Wattle Day League of New South Wales.

Text by P.G. Kodela
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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