Acacia kelleri F.Muell., Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales ser. 2, 6: 468 (1892)
Weeping, pubescent shrub or tree to 7 m high. Bark fissured, grey. Branchlets terete, light to dark brown, woolly. Phyllodes crowded, erect, linear or very narrowly lanceolate, straight or slightly curved, 1–2.5 cm long, 0.7–2.5 mm wide, with aristate mucro to 2 mm long, pilose, the nerves obscure, numerous, closely parallel, 5–7 per mm, rarely anastomosing, sometimes with a slightly off-centre semiprominent midnerve; gland 1, 2–4 mm above pulvinus. Spikes 1.3–4.5 cm long, dense, deep yellow. Flowers 5-merous; sepals almost free, cupulate towards apex, narrowly oblong, pubescent or glabrous; corolla 1.3–1.6 mm long, dissected to c. 1/2, pubescent or glabrous. Pods submoniliform, terete, to c. 11 cm long, 3–5 mm wide, coriaceous, red-brown, longitudinally striate, glabrous, rarely puberulous, resin-encrusted; margins not thickened. Seeds longitudinal, 4.5–6 mm long, shiny, dark brown to black; pleurogram pale; areole open, light brown; aril terminal.
Occurs in north-western W.A., W of 129E and N of 15S, also in north-western N.T. Usually associated with sandstone, often on escarpments or ridges. Flowers Mar.–Aug.
The relationships with its closest allies, A. dacrydioides , A. chrysochaeta and a possible new taxon with affinity to A. kelleri , are provided by B.R.Maslin, Nuytsia 4: 369–370 (1983).
Type of accepted name
Durack R., W.A., 1891, J.Bradshaw & W.T.Allen ; holo: MEL n.v.
J.R.Wheeler, in J.R.Wheeler (ed.) et al ., Fl. Kimberley Region 316, fig. 91D (1992).
W.A.: Solea Fall, Drysdale R. Natl Park, A.S.George 13417 (CANB, PERTH); Drysdale R., above Mogurnda Ck, Drysdale R. Natl Park, A.S.George 13455 (CANB, PERTH); upper Moran R., C.A.Gardner 1449 (NSW, PERTH). N.T.: lower part of Victoria R., R.J.Winters 16 (NSW).