Acacias of Australia

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Acacia cangaiensis Tindale & Kodela




Localised in N.S.W. on the North Coast and border area with the Northern Tablelands, including Cangai State Forest and Nymboida and Gibraltar Ra. Natl Parks.


Shrub or tree 2–6 m high. Bark smooth or finely fissured, dark brown. Branchlets terete, with white or pale yellow appressed hairs. Young foliage-tips yellowish green. Leaves ±coriaceous, dark green; petiole mostly 1.5–4 cm long, with a gland ¼–½ way below and another often at base of lowest pair of pinnae; rachis 1–6 cm long, with 1 jugary gland at all or most pairs of pinnae, and 1–7 interjugary glands between pairs of pinnae; pinnae 1–6 pairs, 1–8.2 cm long; pinnules 12–35 pairs, narrowly oblong to ±linear, (3–) 10–20 (–25) mm long, (0.6–) 1–2 (–3.7) mm wide, usually 2-nerved with a groove-like, percurrent nerve and sometimes a shorter basiscopic nerve, appressed-ciliolate otherwise ±glabrous, obtuse. Inflorescences in axillary racemes or terminal false-panicles; peduncles (5–) 6.5–10 (–11.5) mm long, yellow-hairy. Heads 24–32 (–43)-flowered, pale yellow or golden. Pods curved or twisted, convex and corrugated over seeds, 2–14 cm long, 8–13 mm wide, coriaceous, blackish brown, appressed-puberulous, glabrescent.


Flowers Jan.–Mar.; fruits Jan.


Grows in open forest, on steep rocky slopes and narrow knife-edge ridges, in skeletal soil over granite on its boundary with indurated metamorphic shales.


N.S.W.: Cangai State Forest, C.Dawson H190 (BRI, CANB, K, NSW, US) and 29 Nov. 1984, R.Wells (A, AD, B, BM, BRI, CANB, K, L, MEL, NE, NSW, PERTH, TL, UC, US); Gibraltar Ra. Natl Park, T.Tame 52 (NSW).


Similar to A. schinoides which is a glabrous plant and differs in the details of the leaf glands.

FOA Reference

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volumes 11A (2001), 11B (2001) and 12 (1998), products of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia


Minor edits by J.Reid

M.D.Tindale, P.G.Kodela