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Family: Leguminosae
Acacia beckleri


Citation: M.D. Tindale, in Hj. Eichler, Suppl. J. M. Black, FI.S.Aust. 173 (1965).

Derivation: beckleri—in honour of Herman Becklet, medical officer and botanist to the Burke and Wills expedition.

Synonymy: Racosperma beckleri (Tindale)Pedley, Bot. J. Linn. Soc. (London) 92:248 (1986).

Common name: Barrier Range wattle

Straggly or erect, compact, bushy shrubs 1-3 m high, often with a spread greater than its height, branching near ground level; branchlets smooth, reddish-brown and slightly glaucous.

Phyllodes narrow-elliptic, 7-17 cm long, 6-22 mm broad, straight or falcate, coriaceous, thick, 1-veined and with similar prominent margins and a number of obscure reticulate lateral veins, apex acute or obtuse and often with a short oblique mucro, attenuated towards the base; glands small 2-4 scattered along upper margin.

Inflorescences in axillary racemes much shorter than phyllodes; flower-heads large, globular, deep yellow, 55-70-flowered; peduncles short, thick, slightly tomentose; flowers 5-merous.

Legumes linear, 7-11 cm long, 5-6 mm broad, flat, but raised over the seeds glaucous, dark brown, margins thickened, slightly constricted between the seeds. Seeds longitudinal in legume; funicle short, soon thickening into a fleshy aril.

Distribution:  Eyre Peninsula (mainly Gawler Ranges area) and Flinders Ranges to Boolcoomata in the Eastern region. Found mainly on stony hillsides, associated with tall or low shrubland vegetation. Soils; mainly shallow compact loamy. Rainfall 200-300 min. Also western N.S.W.

Flowering time: July — October.

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Biology: No text

Related taxa: Closely allied to Acacia notabilis (sp. 53) to which reference should be made for distinguishing features.

Taxonomic notes: Acacia beckleri is described and illustrated as an attractive garden shrub Anon (1976). It is noted to be almost trouble free after twelve years, flowering in winter and with attractive form and foliage even when not in flower.

Cultivation: A very attractive wattle when in flower. Suitable as an ornamental and for low shelter belts in dry inland areas. Requires well drained position; moderate growth rate.

Author: Not yet available


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