Acacia colletioides Benth., London J. Bot . 1: 336 (1842)
Pin-bush , Spine Bush , Wait-a-while
Rigid, diffuse to dense shrub or tree 0.5–3 m high. Branchlets glabrous or sparsely appressed-puberulous and glabrescent, scarred where phyllodes have fallen. Phyllodes sessile, inserted on distinct, yellow stem-projections, patent to ascending, straight to curved, terete, mostly 1.5–3 cm long, 1–1.5 mm diam., subulate, pungent, rigid, glabrous, with 8 strongly raised, lighter coloured nerves and raised stomata; gland basal. Inflorescences simple, 2 per axil; peduncles 1.5-4.5 mm long, glabrous; basal bracts cucullate, semicircular; heads subglobular, often widely ellipsoid, 3–5 mm long, 3–4.5 mm diam., 15–24-flowered; bracteoles peltate. Flowers mostly 5-merous; sepals free. Pods linear, constricted between seeds, 1- or 2-coiled, to 7 cm long, 3–5 mm wide, thin-coriaceous, reticulate, glabrous. Seeds longitudinal, oval to ovate, 3.5–4 mm long, shiny, black; aril nearly enveloping seed, orange or yellow.
Widespread throughout southern Australia from near Geraldton, W.A., E through S.A. and NW Vic. to near Dubbo and Barrigun, N.S.W. Grows in a variety of soils, mainly in mallee scrub or open woodland.
Closely related to A. nyssophylla . Phyllodes superficially similar to those of A. asepala . Also superficially similar to A. subsessilis and A. enterocarpa but readily distinguished by its pods and seeds.
Type of accepted name
Harrington plains, N.S.W., June 1817, A.Cunningham s.n. ; holo: K; iso: BM, K.
Acacia nyssophylla F.Muell., not as to lectotype, as to Lake Gairdner, S.A., B.H.Babbage , MEL, PERTH (Fragment ex MEL).
F. von Mueller, Iconogr. Austral. Acacia dec. 1 [pl. 4] (1887); L.F.Costermans, Native Trees & Shrubs SE Australia 321 (1981); G.M.Cunningham et al. , Pl. W New South Wales 357 (1981); B.R.Maslin, in J.P.Jessop (ed.), Fl. Central Australia 119, fig. 158C (1981); T.Tame, Acacias SE Australia 92, fig. 83, pl. 83 (1992); D.J.E.Whibley & D.E.Symon, Acacias S. Australia 2nd edn, 201 (1992).
W.A.: 2.4 km N of Yellowdine, B.R.Maslin 1840 (BRI, PERTH, RSA, SYD). S.A.: Lake Everard Stn, A.G.Spooner 2434 (PERTH). N.S.W.: 11.1 km NW of Eubalong West on Mount Hope Rd, R.Coveny 12051 & P.Hind (A, B, BRI, MEL, MO, NSW, PERTH, TL, US). Vic.: 17.6 km W along road running W from Sunset Tank- Merrinee road, M.G.Corrick 6620 & P.Short (BRI, PERTH).