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Acacia pelophila

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Acacia pelophila R.S.Cowan & Maslin, Nuytsia 12: 428 (1999)

Dense, rounded, spreading shrub 1–2 m high. New growth resinous. Branchlets angled when young, soon terete, glabrous. Phyllodes ascending to erect, linear-oblanceolate, straight to shallowly incurved, 3.5–7.5 cm long, 3–6 mm wide, obtuse and apiculate, coriaceous, glabrous, with 6–10 distant, impressed nerves per face. Inflorescences simple, 2 per axil; peduncles 5–10 mm long, glabrous or subglabrous; heads subglobular to obloid, 5.5–6 mm long, 4.5 mm diam., 33–45-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals free. Pods linear to submoniliform, straight to slightly curved, to 5 cm long, 1.5 mm wide, firmly chartaceous to thinly coriaceous, appressed-puberulous, resinous. Seeds longitudinal, oblong-elliptic, 3 mm long, semi-glossy, black; aril apical.

Restricted to NW of Northampton, W.A. Grows in clay, sometimes along saline creeklines, in mixed scrub and shrubland.

Related to Acacia sclerophylla which differs in generally shorter phyllodes and few-flowered globular heads. Superficially similar to A. lanei which has resinous, white-sericeous branchlets and peduncles and globular heads. Less close to A. spongolitica which has resinous branchlets, racemose heads and tetramerous flowers with partially united sepals.

Type of accepted name

NW of Northampton [precise locality withheld for conservation reasons], W.A., 6 Oct. 1972, B.R.Maslin 3125 ; holo: PERTH; iso: CANB, K.

Representative collection

W.A.: NW of Northampton, P.C.Ryan 34 (CANB, K, 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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