Acacias of Australia

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Acacia glandulicarpa Reader

Common Name

Hairy-pod Wattle




Discontinuous, occurring in the Burra Gorge, Hanson and Bordertown areas, S.A., and the Little Desert–Dimboola area, Vic.


Dense spreading somewhat viscid shrub 1–2 m high. Branchlets puberulous. Phyllodes on short stem-projections, erect, asymmetrically ovate to ovate-elliptic, with adaxial margin ±straight and parallel to branchlet and abaxial margin obviously convex and normally undulate, 5–13 mm long, 3–6 mm wide, glabrous, 2-nerved per face with the second nerve often not prominent; lateral nerves few, obscure. Inflorescences simple, 1 or 2 per axil; peduncles 4–8 mm long, slender, glabrous; basal bract persistent; heads prolific, globular, 8–20-flowered, bright yellow. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united. Pods narrowly oblong, to 3 cm long, c. 5 mm wide, thinly coriaceous, densely pilose with straight, slightly inflated, gland-tipped hairs. Seeds oblique, oblong-elliptic, c. 3 mm long, slightly shiny, brown; aril curved over end of seed.


Grows in alkaline soil on rocky hills in open scrub (Burra), or in eucalypt open forest.


S.A.: 10.8 km along Booboorowie Rd from Farrels Flat, M.O’Leary & D.E.Symon 2241 (AD); Burra Creek, D.J.E.Whibley 5989 (AD). Vic.: Little Desert Natl Park, M.G.Corrock 6298 & B.A.Fuhrer (MEL, PERTH).


Related to A. rhetinocarpa and A. daviesii. The taxon formerly called A. rotundifolia (= A. acinacea) may have similar phyllodes to A. glandulicarpa except they are only 1-nerved per face and the pods are very different. The gland-tipped hairs on the pods are characteristic of A. glandulicarpa and are similar to those of A. aspera, a species readily distinguished by its generally longer, 1-nerved phyllodes.

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