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Family: Leguminosae
Acacia basedowii


Citation: J. H. Maiden, J. Proc. R.Soc. N.S.W. 53:197 t. 13 (1920).

Derivation: basedowii—commemorates Dr. Herbert Basedow (1881-1933), South Australian scientist and explorer, Chief Protector of Aborigines and Assistant Government Geologist in S.Aust. (1910-1911).

Synonymy: A. basedowii ear. viridis Blakely, Aust. Nat. 11:9 (1941). , Acacia ulicina

Common name: Basedow's wattle

Small, divaricate spreading shrubs 0.5-1 m high; branches slender, spinescent, pruinose but grey reddish-brown as the whitish covering peels and flakes away, sprinkled with short whitish hairs but becoming glabrous when mature, many of the older phyllodes fall away leaving an open twiggy appearance.

Phyllodes oblong-elliptic, 0.8-2 cm long, 1-2 mm broad, thick, glabrous or sprinkled with hairs, veins longitudinal, 3-5 rather obscure, apex obtuse and with a small gland beneath the short mucro. Stipules paired, acicular small, reddish-brown, caducous on older branches.

Inflorescences simple and axillary solitary or twin; flower-heads globular, yellow, c. 30-flowered; peduncles filiform glabrous 5-10 mm long; flowers 5-merous. Legumes linear, 3-5 cm long, 2-3 mm broad, curved or twisted, raised over the seeds, dark brown, margins thickened, slightly constricted between seeds. Seeds longitudinal in legume; funicle very short and filiform abruptly passing into a thick fleshy oblique aril.

Distribution:  A very limited occurrence in S.Aust., and so far found only in the North Western region in the Musgrave Range area on rocky slopes. Soils; shallow red firm sand. Rainfall 200 mm. Also N.T.

S.Aust.: NW.

Flowering time: June — October.

SA Distribution Map based
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specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Cultivation: Not known in cultivation but could perhaps be useful as an ornamental for rockery planting.

Author: Not yet available


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