Common name: Motherumbung (Qld)
Acacia ixodes Pedley APNI*
Synonyms: Acacia gnidium var. latifolia Maiden & Betche APNI*
Racosperma ixodes (Pedley) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub 2–7 m high; branchlets angled or flattened towards apices, glabrous, resinous.
Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to linear or linear-oblanceolate, straight to slightly curved, 2.5–5 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, glabrous, ± resinous, midvein prominent, lateral veins faint or conspicuous, apex obtuse with a mucro; 1 gland near base and apex; pulvinus < 2 mm long.
Inflorescences simple, 1 in axil of phyllodes; peduncles 5–12 mm long, glabrous, resinous; heads globose to ± ovoid, 20–30-flowered, 4.5–7 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods ± straight or sometimes slightly curved, ± flat except slightly raised over alternate seeds, ± straight-sided to barely constricted between seeds or occasionally more deeply constricted between some seeds, 2–5.5 cm long, 3–4 mm wide, firmly papery, smooth with a few fine veins, glabrous, resinous; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.
Distribution and occurrence: chiefly from Dubbo to Gilgandra and Mendooran area; with 1913 and 1915 records from near Bourke (NWP).
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and open scrub, in sandy and clay loams.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
The name refers to the glutinous or sticky nature of the branchlets and young phyllodes.
Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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