Acacia varia Maslin, Nuytsia 1: 456; 458, fig. 24 & 490, map 9 (1975)
Shrub 0.3– 0.6 m high, sometimes prostrate or spreading by subterranean runners. Branchlet indumentum variable, rarely glabrous. Pinnae (1- ) 2- 3 pairs, 2- 6 mm long (proximal pinnae), 4- 9 mm long (distal pinnae); petiole mostly 1- 4 mm long; rachis 1- 5 mm long; pinnules 2- 3 pairs (proximal pinnae), 2- 5 pairs (distal pinnae), oblong, 2- 6 mm long, 1- 2 mm wide, obliquely narrowed at apex, flat to revolute, 1-nerved below, green or grey-green, with indumentum variable; gland on petiole at base of pinnae, sometimes also on rachis, sessile. Inflorescences simple, normally 1 per axil; peduncles 7- 15 mm long, hirsutellous to puberulous, sometimes pilose admixed; spikes 5- 20 mm long (dry), 25- 55-flowered, creamy white to golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals 1/2- 3/4-united, 5-nerved; petals hirsutellous to puberulous. Pods 1.5- 3.5 cm long, 3- 5 mm wide, puberulous-hirsutellous. Seeds longitudinal to transverse, oblong to elliptic, 2- 3 mm long.
Scattered in south-western W.A., from near Perth and Margaret R. SE to Denmark and Mt Arid.
A very polymorphic member of the ‘ A. drummondii group’. The three varieties recognised may ultimately be shown to warrant species status. The typical variety seems closer to A. luteola than to the other two varieties.
1 Spikes cream to very pale yellow; pinnules flat, often inflexed at apex
1: Spikes golden; pinnules flat to revolute, not inflexed
2 Pinnules flat
2: Pinnules prominently recurved to revolute
Acacia varia Maslin var. varia
Subshrub, erect, single-stemmed or sparingly branched at base, spreading by subterranean runners. Branchlets puberulous-hirsutellous and pilose admixed. Pinnules oblong to oblong-oblanceolate, flat or with slightly recurved margins, excentrically apiculate and often shallowly inflexed at apex, hirsute to hirsutellous (the hairs often sparse); gland on petiole, absent from rachis. Spikes usually cylindrical and 10- 20 mm long, loosely 25- 35-flowered, creamy white to pale yellow. Calyx and corolla prominently nerved. Seeds longitudinal to oblique; aril 1/2- 3/4 length of seed.
Sporadic from near Perth S to Margaret R. and Manypeaks, W.A. Grows in sandy loam over laterite usually in Jarrah ( Eucalyptus marginata ) forest.
Type of accepted name
5.6 km from Denmark towards Mount Barker, W.A., 21 Sept. 1972, B.R.Maslin 2949 ; holo: PERTH; iso: CANB, K, MEL, NY, PERTH.
B.R.Maslin, Nuytsia 1: 458, fig. 24 (1975)
W.A.: Dardanup to Boyanup, G.J.Keighery 6808 (K, PERTH); Lowden, M.Koch 2000 (AD, K, E, LY, MEL, NSW, P, PERTH); 9.6 km SW of Manypeaks towards Nanarup, B.R.Maslin (AD, BRI, CANB, K, PERTH).
Acacia varia var. crassinervis Maslin, Nuytsia 1: 459; 460, fig. 25 & 490, map 9 (1975)
Subshrub, erect or sometimes sprawling, normally many-stemmed, sometimes spreading by subterranean runners. Branchlets densely puberulous-hirsutellous. Pinnules oblong to oblong-obovate, flat or with slightly recurved margins, excentrically apiculate, thick, grey-green, densely hirsutellous; gland on petiole, absent from rachis. Spikes cylindrical, bright golden. Seeds longitudinal to oblique; aril 1/4- 1/2 length of seed.
Occurs from near Williams and Narrogin SE to Katanning, W.A. Grows in sandy gravel on laterite hills in open woodland.
Type of accepted name
4 km E of Katanning towards Nyabing, W.A., 28 Sept. 1970, B.R.Maslin 771 ; holo: PERTH; iso: B, CANB, K, MEL, NSW, NY.
B.R.Maslin, Nuytsia 1: 460, fig. 25 (1975)
W.A.: c. 5 km N of Nyabing towards Kukerin, B.R.Maslin 5843 (AD, K, MEL, MEXU, NSW, PERTH); 126 km N of Kojonup on Albany Hwy, M.D.Tindale 362 & B.R.Maslin (K, PERTH, NSW).
Acacia varia var. parviflora (Benth.) Maslin, Nuytsia 1: 462; 463, fig. 27 & 490, map 9 (1975)
Shrub 0.3- 0.6 (- 1) m high, sometimes prostrate, normally many-stemmed, sometimes suckering from subterranean runners. Branchlets usually puberulous to hirsutellous. Pinnules prominently recurved to revolute, thick, usually densely hirsutellous; gland on petiole, often also on rachis. Spikes obloid to cylindrical, golden. Seeds transverse to oblique; aril c. 1/4 length of seed.
Occurs from Arthur R. and near Northcliffe E to Mt Arid, W.A. Grows in sand, sandy gravel and loam, in Mallee communities.
A variable taxon. Leaves on juvenile plants are considerably larger than those found on adult shrubs, see B.R.Maslin, op. cit . 464, for discussion. A villous variant occurs at Point Ann, Fitzgerald R. Natl Park (e.g. K.M.Allan 345 , CANB, K, NY, PERTH). Plants in Cape Le Grand Natl Park are glabrous (e.g. A.S.George 7466 , PERTH).
Type of accepted name
West Mt Barren and on the hills to eastward, W.A., G.Maxwell ; lecto: MEL49363; isolecto: PERTH, fide B.R.Maslin, , Nuytsia 1: 462 (1975); Arthur R., W.A., A.Oldfield ; paralecto: MEL, PERTH.
Acacia drummondii var. parviflora Benth., Fl. Austral . 2: 419 (1864). Type: as for accepted name.
B.R.Maslin, Nuytsia 1: 463, fig. 27 (1975)
W.A.: 9.7 km W of Shannon R., T.E.H.Aplin 2196 (PERTH); N of Mt Arid, A.S.George 14299 (PERTH); 27.5 km S of Kojonup towards Albany, B.R.Maslin 2982 (PERTH).