Acacia meiantha Tindale & Hersc. APNI*
Synonyms: Racosperma meianthum (Tindale & Hersc.) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or sometimes straggling shrub to 1.5 m high or sometimes to 2.5 m; often suckers e.g. resprouting from rootstock after fire; bark smooth, greenish brown to light brown or grey; branchlets ± angled at apices, soon terete, hairy with short ± erect hairs.
Phyllodes crowded, straight to slightly curved, subterete to ± flat, 2–5 cm long (range: 1–6.5 cm long), 0.4–1.2 mm wide, glabrous except for a few hairs sometimes near base, veins not evident or sometimes with an indistinct midvein or groove, finely longitudinally wrinkled when dry, apex obtuse with a mucro, 1 gland 0–5.5 mm above base; pulvinus 0.4–2 mm long.
Inflorescences 2–19 in an axillary raceme; axis 0.3–7 cm long; peduncles 2–4.5 mm long, usually minutely hairy; heads globose, 4–8-flowered, 3–5 mm diam., yellow to dark yellow.
Pods straight or slightly curved, ± flat, ± straight-sided or barely constricted between seeds, 2.7–8.5 cm long, 4–7 mm wide, firmly papery to thinly leathery, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle expanded towards seed.
Distribution and occurrence: in Mullions Ra. and at Clarence; rare.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland, in sandy to clayey soil.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Endangered
The name refers to the few flowered heads. Similar to narrow phyllode forms of Acacia linifolia and to A. boormanii.
Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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