Acacias of Australia

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Acacia disparrima M.W.McDonald & Maslin subsp. disparrima




Occurs predominantly in coastal and near-coastal areas with some extension into the adjoining tablelands, from Mackay in Qld S to Mylestrom (S of Coffs Harbour) in N.S.W. Occurs on a number of continental islands in Qld between Rockhampton and Brisbane, e.g. Curtis, Hummocky, Facing, Fraser and South Stradbroke islands.


Branchlets slender, angular at extremities. Phyllodes dimidiate, subfalcate or falcate, 5–12 cm long, 0.4–3 cm wide, pale grey-green to dark grey-green, minor nerves (3–) 4–5 per mm. Spikes 1–2 per axil. Funicle/aril normally 2–5-folded (rarely to encircling the seed as in subsp. calidestris), creamy-grey to grey, ageing pale grey or greyish yellow.


Flowers Jan.–May.


Commonly associated with open forests, woodlands, the margins of sub-tropical, closed forest types and along disturbed roadsides.


N.S.W.: Pacific Hwy, Maclean, D.Lea 907 (AD, CANB, DNA, HO, K, NSW, MEL, PERTH). Qld: 43.9 km NE along Stanage Bay rd, M.W.McDonald 2383 & T.K.Vercoe (BRI, NSW, PERTH); c. 13 km W of Noosa, near Tewantin, M.W.McDonald & B.R.Maslin BRM 7672 (BRI, CANB, K, NSW, PERTH); South Stradbroke Is., on Broadwater side, T.J.McDonald 437 (NSW).


Plants in some coastal regions, such as Noosa, Yeppoon, Shoalwater Bay and Fraser Is., have strongly falcate, atypically narrow phyllodes often less than 1 cm wide (e.g. C.E.Hubbard 4614, BRI).

FOA Reference

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