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Acacia eremaea

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Acacia eremaea C.R.P.Andrews, J. Western Australia Nat. Hist. Soc. 1: 40 (1904)

Dense shrub or tree to 4 m high. Branchlets terete, ribbed, appressed-puberulous. Phyllodes erect, narrowly elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, straight to slightly incurved, 6–12 cm long, 6–17 mm wide, acuminate, pungent, rigid, glaucous, glabrous, with numerous closely parallel, immersed nerves, of which 3 are typically slightly raised. Inflorescences simple, 2–4 per axil; peduncles 5–17 mm long, appressed-puberulous; heads globular, 5.5–7.5 mm diam., 54–85-flowered, golden. Flowers 4-merous; sepals free. Pods linear, strongly raised over seeds, straight to slightly curved, to 9 cm long, 5–7 mm wide, chartaceous, glabrous. Seeds longitudinal, ovate, 5–6 mm long, glossy, brown; funicle ribbon-like; aril not prominent.

Occurs from Boolardy and Cue S towards Wongan Hills, W.A. Grows on clay loam flats and sand, often near salt lakes, in tall Acacia shrubland and low woodland.

Phyllodes similar to A. xiphophylla which is readily distinguished by its spicate inflorescences, gamosepalous calyx and seed characters. Superficially similar to A. galeata .

Type of accepted name

Cue, W.A., July 1903, herb. Cecil Andrews ; holo: NSW; iso: K; ?iso: NSW [sphalm. Aug.], PERTH00750972, 00750964 & 00750557; see B.R.Maslin & R.S.Cowan, Nuytsia 9: 384 (1994), for discussion of types.

Illustrations

M.Simmons, Acacias Australia 2: 147 & pl. 8 (1988).

Representative collections

W.A. Twin Peaks, A.M.Ashby 3293 (NSW, PERTH); 8.2 km SSE of Yalgoo, R.Coveny 7932 & B.R.Maslin (AD, BRI, CANB, K, L, NSW, PERTH, US); Watheroo rabbit fence, M.Koch 1664 (PERTH).

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WATTLE Acacias of Australia CD-ROM graphic

The information presented here originally appeared on the WATTLE CD-ROM which was jointly published by the Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Perth; it was produced by CSIRO Publishing from where it is available for purchase. The WATTLE custodians are thanked for allowing us to post this information here.

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