Acacia cana Maiden, J. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New South Wales 53: v, errata (1920)
Broad-leaved Nealie , Cabbage-tree Wattle , Boree
Shrub or tree to 6 m high with dense, spreading crown. Branchlets densely silvery appressed-puberulous. Phyllodes erect, linear to linear-elliptic, straight, mostly 5–13 cm long and 2–4 mm wide, acuminate, pungent, rigid, densely silvery appressed-puberulous but hairs confined to between nerves with age, with numerous closely parallel, indistinct nerves. Inflorescences normally 2–5-headed racemes; raceme axes 1–6 mm long; peduncles 5–12 mm long, appressed-puberulous, the hairs golden ageing silvery; heads globular, 4.5 mm diam., 25–30-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals free to 1/2-united. Pods linear, constricted between and slightly raised over seeds, to 10 cm long, 4–8 mm wide, coriaceous to chartaceous, longitudinally reticulate, densely appressed-puberulous. Seeds longitudinal.
Disjunct, occurring in the Adavale area, southern central Qld and on the western plains of N.S.W. west of Enngonia and N of Wilcannia. Grows along watercourses on gibber plains and on sandhills as pure stands of scattered trees and in mixed woodland.
As discussed by L.Pedley, Austrobaileya 1: 341–343 (1981), A. tephrina was formerly included within the concept of A. cana in Qld.
Type of accepted name
Milparinka, N.S.W., Sept. 1906, C.G.Ivey ; holo: NSW [Aug. 1905 written over Sept. 1906 on label]; iso: K.
Acacia cana is based on the following: Acacia eremea Maiden, J. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New South Wales 53: 206 (1920) nom illeg. non , C.R.P.Andrews (1904); Racosperma canum (Maiden) Pedley, Austrobaileya 2: 346 (1987). Type: as for accepted name.
G.M.Cunningham et al. , Pl. W New South Wales 356 (1981); T.Tame, Acacias SE Australia 86, fig. 75, pl. 75 (1992).
Qld: ‘Avonvilla’, N of Adavale, 11 Apr. 1961, R.G.Wilson (K). N.S.W.: White Cliffs road, P.E.Conrick 1468 (PERTH); 5.6 km NNW of Mt Shannon HS, 28 km SSW of Milparinka, J.Pickard & J.C.de Nardi 792 (CANB n.v ., K, NSW).
(RSC & BRM)