Acacia schinoides Benth., London J. Bot. 1: 383 (1842)
Green Cedar Wattle
Shrub or tree to 10 m high. Bark smooth, grey, green or black mottled with green, shiny. Branchlets terete, obscurely ridged, pruinose, glabrous. Young foliage-tips blue-green. Leaves herbaceous, concolorous, green or sometimes slightly glaucous; petiole above pulvinus 1.5–5 cm long, terete, glabrous, with 1 raised, orbicular gland (1/7–) – (–2/3) way below basal pinnae; rachis (1.5–) 4–8 (–10.5) cm long, glabrous, with or without a raised orbicular gland at base of uppermost pair of pinnae and rarely present at other pinnae, interjugary glands absent ; pinnae (2–) 3–6 (–7) pairs, 4–13 cm long, with an orbicular gland at base of upper 3–10 pairs of pinnules; pinnules 10–28 pairs, cultrate to narrowly oblong or narrowly lanceolate, slightly curved, 5–23 mm long, 1–5 mm wide, with 1 percurrent vein closer to upper margin but becoming central towards apex, 2–4 shorter veins from base not reaching margin and often minor lateral or anastomosing veins inbetween, with appressed hairs on the margins to glabrous except the margins, apex subacute to broadly rounded. Inflorescences mostly in terminal or axillary false-panicles, rarely in racemes. Heads 27–50-flowered, pale yellow. Pods submoniliform, 3–16 cm long, 5.5–13 mm wide, subcoriaceous, dark brown to blackish or blue-black, often pruinose, scabrous.
Restricted to near coastal central N.S.W., N to the Wattagan Mtns, S to northern Sydney. Grows in deep shady gullies, often near creeks, in moist tall open forest or rainforest, often with Eucalyptus saligna , on sandstone or shale. Flowers Nov.–Feb., sometimes May and June; fruits Oct.–Jan., also June.
As in A. latisepala the pinnules are 3-veined in A. schinoides , the costule, at first being closer to the upper margin in the upper 1/3 of each pinnule with 2 (–4) parallel shorter veins not reaching the margin.
Type of accepted name
Environs of Sydney [‘Near Sydney’ in protologue], N.S.W., Feb. 1817, A.Cunningham 75 ; ?holo: K (photo NSW).
[ Acacia pruinosa auct. non Benth.: G.Bentham, Fl. Austral . 2: 413 (1864)]
R.T.Baker, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales , ser. 2, 7: 666, pl. 13 (1893); E.R.Rotherham et al ., Fl. Pl. New South Wales S Queensland 87, fig. 261 (1975); D.A.Morrison & S.J.Davies, in G.J.Harden (ed.), Fl. New South Wales 2: 385 (1991).
N.S.W.: 10 km NNW of Yarramalong, R.Coveny 5863, P.Hind & R.Hancock (AD, CANB, CHR, NA, NSW, PERTH, Z); Cheltenham–Turramurra, L.A.S.Johnson s.n. (NSW47372); 12.9 km SSE of Cessnock, R.Story 6709 (CANB, MEL, NSW); 8.1 km N of Gibbs Long Swamp, towards Mt Kindarun, M.D.Tindale s.n. (NSW89952).
(MDT & PGK)