Common name: narrow-leaved wattle
Acacia linearifolia Maiden & Blakely APNI*
Synonyms: Acacia murrumboensis Maiden & Blakely APNI*
Racosperma linearifolium (A.Cunn. ex Maiden & Blakely) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub or tree to 10 m high; bark smooth, often corrugated or fissured towards base, grey or greyish brown; branchlets ± terete, angled at extremities, glabrous. Bipinnate leaves sometimes present on mature plants.
Phyllodes linear, ± straight to slightly curved, usually 6–14 cm long and 1.5–4 mm wide (occasionally to 5 mm wide), glabrous, midvein prominent, lateral veins obscure or not evident, apex acute with a mucro; 1 or occasionally 2 glands along margin, small, prominent, the lowermost 10–60 mm above pulvinus; pulvinus to 3 mm long.
Inflorescences 5–20 in an axillary raceme; axis 1–8 cm long; peduncles 2–4 mm long, glabrous; heads globose, usually 20–30-flowered, 4–7 mm diam., bright yellow.
Pods straight or slightly curved, ± flat but raised over seeds, barely to slightly or irregularly more deeply constricted between seeds, 3–13 cm long, 5–7.5 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.
Distribution and occurrence: from the upper Hunter Valley south to the Wagga district.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, from lower slopes to exposed rocky sites.
NSW subdivisions: CT, CWS, SWS
The name refers to the linear phyllodes. It is closely related to Acacia adunca, which has narrower phyllodes and fewer flowers in the heads.
Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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