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Family: Leguminosae
Acacia genistifolia


Citation: H. F. Link, Enum. hort. Berol. alt. 2:442 (1822).

Derivation: Genista, a genus of sometimes spiny legumes from western Europe; folium (L.)—a leaf.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

A spreading glabrous shrub 1-2 m tall. Branchlets angled with raised lines below the phyllode bases.

Phyllodes compressed linear, rigid, with a pungent point and somewhat swollen base, 1-3 (-6) cm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, straight or slightly down curved, with prominent lateral and marginal veins (i.e. appear 4-angled). Gland 2-3 mm above the base.

Inflorescence 1-2 globular flower-heads from the phyllode axils, common peduncle not usually developed. Peduncles 10-15 mm long, slender. Flower-heads globular. 12-16-flowered, pale yellow. Flowers 4-parrite.

Legume 6-10 cm long 4-5 mm wide, narrow oblong, often curved, 7-8-seeded, scarcely constricted between the seeds but when green with distinct almost fleshy thickenings above the seeds, finally brown. Seeds longitudinal, 6 mm long, 4 mm wide, smooth. Funicle once bent and swollen to form a terminal white aril.

Distribution:  Only recently collected in South Australia and confined to limited colony on the Gap Road north of Mintaro. Also in N.S.W. & Vic.

Flowering time: Collected in flower in September but interstate appearing to flower in both autumn (April) and spring (August — September). Ripe fruits in December — January.

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Biology: No text

Cultivation: A free flowering pale yellow species, the rigid pungent phyllodes could provide a defensive small hedge.

Author: Not yet available


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