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Acacia penninervis Sieber ex DC.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Mimosoideae
Common name: mountain hickory

Acacia penninervis Sieber ex DC. APNI*

Synonyms: Racosperma penninerve (Sieber ex DC.) Pedley APNI*
Racosperma penninerve (Sieber ex DC.) Pedley APNI*
Acacia impressa Lindl. APNI*
Acacia penninervis var. impressa (Lindl.) Domin APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading shrub or tree mostly 2–8 m high; bark finely or deeply fissured, dark grey; branchlets ± terete, glabrous, sometimes pruinose.

Phyllodes oblanceolate to narrowly oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic, straight to slightly curved, usually 5–15 cm long and 7–40 mm wide (rarely 5 mm or more wide), glabrous, midvein and marginal veins prominent, finely penniveined, margin often shallowly indented at gland, apex acute to obtuse, base sometimes asymmetric; 1 gland 5–30 mm above pulvinus, connected to midvein by a fine oblique vein; pulvinus 1–3 mm long.

Inflorescences 3–30 in racemes, or sometimes in panicles; axis 1–12.5 cm long; peduncles 2–9 mm long; heads globose, 15–30-flowered, 6–10 mm diam., pale yellow to ± white.

Pods ± straight or sometimes slightly curved, ± flat, straight-sided to slightly or irregularly more deeply constricted between seeds, 5–20 cm long, 10–17 mm (sometimes 8–23 mm) wide, ± leathery, obscurely transversely reticulate, glabrous, often slightly pruinose; seeds longitudinal; funicle expanded towards seed.

M. Flockton

Photo T.M. Tame

Photo T.M. Tame

Photo T.M. Tame


Flowering: throughout year.

Distribution and occurrence: widespread, especially in inland divisions.

Grows in moist and dry sclerophyll forest and woodland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, ?SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
AVH map***

Both varieties of this species have variable phyllodes (shape and size).

Text by P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden (2002)

 Key to the varieties 
1Phyllodes oblanceolate or narrow-elliptic, abruptly or gradually narrowed to an obtuse or acute apex, with midvein infrequently joining with lower margin near pulvinus; peduncles and raceme axes glabrous.var. penninervis
Phyllodes narrow-elliptic, commonly gradually narrowed to an acute apex, with midvein often joined with lower margin for 5–10 mm above pulvinus; peduncles and raceme axes glabrous or appressed-hairy.var. longiracemosa

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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