Acacia legnota Pedley, Austrobaileya 1: 215; 233, fig. 9F (1978)
Shrub to tree 2–4 m high. Bark smooth, grey, with prominent white lenticels. Branchlets glabrous. Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate-elliptic, strongly falcate, 12–18 cm long, 8–19 mm wide, long-attenuate basally, obtuse or acute, mucronulate, thinly coriaceous, glabrous, with 6–8 main nerves and sparsely, longitudinally anastomosing minor nerves inbetween. Inflorescences 1- or 2-headed racemes, sometimes simple, 2–4 per axil; raceme axes 2–7 mm long, glabrous; peduncles 10–25 mm long, glabrous; basal bract persistent; heads globular, 5–6 mm diam., c. 35-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals free. Pods linear, rounded over seeds along midline, straight, to 12 cm long, 9–11 mm wide, coriaceous, glabrous; margins prominent. Seeds longitudinal, broadly elliptic, c. 5 mm long, dull, dark brown; areole closed; aril clavate.
Frequent in the Cape Flattery to Cooktown area of coastal Qld with outlying populations in the Iron Ra. area and at Cowley Beach. Grows in coastal sands of dunes and in shrubby heathland, often along streams or lagoons.
Type of accepted name
North shore of Endeavour R., Cooktown, Qld, June 1968, L.Brass 33843 ; holo: BRI; iso: K, QRS.
Racosperma legnotum (Pedley) Pedley, Austrobaileya 2: 351 (1987). Type: as for accepted name.
J.Britten, Bot. Cook’s Voy. 1: pl. 85 (1900), as A. complanata , fide L.Pedley, loc. cit. (1978).
Qld: Iron Ra. Rd about 0.5 km upstream of Brown Ck crossing, P.I.Forster 4155 & D.J.Liddle (BRI); Cowley Beach, M.S.Hopkins 1577 & A.W.Graham (BRI).
(RSC & BRM)