Acacia gardneri Maiden & Blakely, J. Roy. Soc. Western Australia 13: 32, pl. 22, figs 6–11 (1928)
Glabrous shrub or tree to c. 6 m high. Bark smooth, brown, pruinose. Branchlets compressed terete, light brown, pruinose. Phyllodes obliquely narrowly elliptic, abruptly narrowed at base, 5–12 cm long, 20–30 mm wide, with curved upper margin and straight to curved lower margin, slightly pruinose, with 3 or 4 very prominent main nerves, the lower 2 concurrent near base, the minor nerves 2 per mm, anastomosing with small reticulations in larger nerve-islands; gland 1, basal, to 0.5 mm above pulvinus. Spikes 4–6 cm long, pale yellow. Flowers loosely arranged, 5-merous; calyx 0.4–0.5 mm long, dissected to 1/6–1/5, glabrous; corolla c. 1.8 mm long, dissected to base, glabrous; ovary glabrous. Pods linear, raised over and constricted between seeds, twisted, 5–8 cm long, thinly coriaceous, glabrous, pruinose. Seeds longitudinal, narrowly oblong-elliptic, 4–4.5 mm long, dark brown; pleurogram without halo; areole elongated, open, depressed.
Occurs in northern W.A., on seasonally inundated, sandstone flats overlain by shallow skeletal alluvium, dissected by outcropping ridges of massive sandstone, or in sandy soil among quartzite rocks on the banks of streams. Flowers: June & July.
The coiled pods resemble those of A. leptocarpa .
Type of accepted name
[near] Prince Regent R., W.A., 12 June 1921, C.A.Gardner 1368 ; syn: NSW; Packhorse Ra., W.A., July 1905, W.V.Fitzgerald 1253 ; syn: NSW, ?PERTH; Charnley R., W.A., Aug. 1905, W.V.Fitzgerald ; syn: NSW.
J.H.Maiden & W.F.Blakely, loc. cit .; J.R.Wheeler, in J.R.Wheeler (ed.) et al ., Fl. Kimberley Region 316, fig. 91C (1992).
W.A.: western bend, Glenelg R., C.A.Gardner 9674 (BRI, PERTH); Camp Ck, c. 12 km SW of mining camp, Mitchell Plateau, N Kimberley, K.F.Kenneally 8222 (K, PERTH).