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Acacia leprosa var. crassipoda Maslin & D.J.Murphy




Endemic in Vic. where it occurs in the Grampian Ra. and about 50 km to the E, from the Pyrenees Ra. to the W Avoca.


Spindly shrub 1.5–3 m tall. Phyllodes (40–) 50–90 (–120) mm long, (10–) 15–20 (–30) mm wide; with 2 longitudinal nerves of ±equal prominence; lateral nerves fine but reasonably evident when dry; gland 0–1 mm above the pulvinus, circular or elongated. Peduncles 2–4 (–5) mm long, often obscured by stamens at anthesis so that the heads superficially look sessile, densely puberulous-tomentulose with somewhat matted, ±appressed to widely spreading, straight to shallowly curved or sub-crisped hairs; basal peduncular bract caducous; heads large (8–10 mm when dry), (30–) 35–45-flowered; bracteoles visible (but not prominent) in mature buds, usually lanceolate, c. 2 mm long (exceeding the calyx but slightly shorter than the corolla), the laminae usually distinctly acuminate and longer than the claws.


Flowers Aug.–Nov.; fruits Jan.–Feb.


Grows in steep mountainous country in eucalypt forest, and forms a series of small disjunct populations; occurs in clay soils over sandstone or shale.


Vic.: about 12 km W of Avoca P.O., A.C. Beauglehole 50246 (BRI, MEL); Mt William Rd, c. 4 km towards summit from Grampians Road, A. Paget 2549 (MEL – bracteoles smaller than normal); 5.6 km from Mt William car park, P.G. Neish 88 & A.M. Muasya (MEL, MELU).


Minor variation in bracteole morphology and phyllode apex shape are discussed in B.R.Maslin & D.Murphy, Muelleria 27: 209 (2009). May superficially resemble the fourth variant of var. graveolens from the Kinglake–Marysville which are distinguished most readily by phyllode glands which are normally 2–4 mm above the pulvinus.

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Flora of Australia Project