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Acacia flocktoniae Maiden
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae
Common name: Flockton wattle

Acacia flocktoniae Maiden APNI*

Synonyms: Racosperma flocktoniae (Maiden) Pedley APNI*
Acacia lunata var. crassiuscula Maiden & Betche ex Maiden APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading shrub 1.5–3 m high; branchlets angled or flattened at extremities, glabrous.

Phyllodes linear to very narrowly elliptic-oblanceolate, ± straight, usually 4–10 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, glabrous, midvein ± prominent, obscurely penniveined, apex subacute with a mucro; 1 inconspicuous gland 0–6 mm above pulvinus; pulvinus < 2 mm long.

Inflorescences 4–10 in an axillary raceme; axis 1–6 cm long; peduncles 2–4 mm long, glabrous; heads globose, 20–30-flowered, 3.5–5 mm diam., cream-coloured to bright yellow.

Pods straight to slightly curved, ± flat, barely to slightly and often irregularly more deeply constricted between seeds, 4–11 cm long, 5–7 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform, ± encircling seed.

M. Flockton

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo A.E. Orme

Other photo
Photo A.E. Orme

Flowering: usually June–September, also recorded March, April, October, December.

Distribution and occurrence: Western Blue Mountains from the Kanimbla Valley to near Yerranderie, with a presumed extinct record from near Yarramundi.

Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, mainly on sheltered aspects, and in wet sclerophyll forest. Strongly associated with Berry Siltstone but often below or near Narrabeen Sandstone, with one occurrence apparently on granite. Altitude ranges from roughly 600 to 800m AHD for extant populations.
NSW subdivisions: CT

Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
AVH map***

This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.

Similar to Acacia forsythii, A. betchei and A. linearifolia but differs in the position of the gland on the phyllode and the perianth details. Named after Margaret Lillian Flockton (1861-1953), a botanical artist who illustrated many works of Joseph Maiden.

Text by P.G. Kodela (last updated July 2012). Occurrence and habitat text updated by K.L.Gibbons 9 Aug. 2022, with text generously supplied by Steve Douglas.
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)

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