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Acacia ancistrophylla


Citation: C. R. P. Andrews var. lissophylla (J. Black)Cowan & Maslin (in press).

Derivation: ancistrus (L.)—a small hook; phyllon (Gr.)—a leaf; lissos (Gr.)—smooth; phyllon (Gr.)—a leaf.

Synonymy: Acacia sclerophylla Lindley var. lissophylla J. Black, Trans. Roy. Soc. S.Aust. 47:369(1923).

Common name: None

Shrubs 1-2m tall, spreading 5m with angled branchlets. New growth only sparingly invested with red resin-hairs.

Phyllode blades linear or linear-oblanceolate, tip curved, acute, blades 18-48 mm long, 1-3.5 mm wide, 1:w = 8-15 (25), patent to erect, straight to slightly curved, bright mid-green, subglaucous; veins and stomata more or less distinct. Peduncles to 5.5 mm long, appressed puberulous with mixture of red resin hairs and white non-resin hairs; heads 11-18-flowered. Sepals 1/4- 1/3 as long as petals, free or rarely connate basally.

Legumes linear, raised over and slightly constricted between seeds, to 3 mm wide, straight to shallowly curved, glabrous. Seeds broadly oval, 3 mm long, 2.2 mm wide, dark-brown, the aril subapical, cream-coloured, consisting of a thin tissue closely appressed to seed.

Distribution:  Most collections have come from Eyre Peninsula, a few from the Murray region and it occurs on southern Yorke Peninsula. It has been collected from myall woodland with Acacia papyrocarpa and Eucalyptus oleosa; mallee scrub; Eucalyptus woodland; limestone and sand; sandy soil and sand mallee. Also W.Aust., and north-western Victoria.

Flowering time: Commencing flowering in August reaching a peak in September and finishing in October. Fruits have been collected in December, February and March.

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Biology: No text

Related taxa: A. ancistrophylla var. ancistrophylla is confined to Western Australia. Closely related to A. lineolata and its varieties which are Western Australian and to A. whibleyana which has a restricted distribution on Eyre Peninsula. In addition the Western Australian A. amyctica is also related.

Taxonomic notes: We are grateful to R. S. Cowan and B. R. Maslin for giving us notice of this proposed name change.

Cultivation: Could be a hardy, drought resistant, compact shrub suitable for low cover.

Author: Not yet available


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