Acacias of Australia

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Acacia plectocarpa A.Cunn. ex Benth. subsp. plectocarpa




Widespread in north-western W.A. through N.T. to far NW Qld, N of 18ºS on the coast and up to 150 km inland.


Phyllodes linear to narrowly elliptic, straight or curved, (8.5–) 9.8–20 (–26) cm long, 4.5–15 mm wide (occasionally several phyllodes atypically wider); nerves with 1–3 more prominent than the rest; pulvinus 1.5–4 mm long. Spikes bright yellow, 3–4 mm wide. Calyx 0.3–0.5 mm long. Pods 6–12 mm wide. Seeds transverse; funicle folded 4 times.


Flowers Mar.–July.


Grows in sandy soil mostly near watercourses, in eucalypt woodland on sandstone or laterite.


W.A.: Denham R., W.V.Fitzgerald (NSW183370); 21 miles [33.8 km] E of Kununurra, I.V.Newman 626 (NSW); Wyndham, Sept. 1903, A.E.V.Woodroffe (NSW). N.T.: 10 km N of Pine Creek, M.D.Tindale 6003 & C.Dunlop (BRI, CANB, K, MEL, NSW, US); 3.8 km S of Edith R., M.D.Tindale 6021 & C.Dunlop (CANB, DNA, K, NSW, PERTH, UNSW). Qld: 4 km from Hells Gate on Doomadgee road, P.I.Forster PIF21074 and R.Booth (BRI).


Details of ecology, utilisation, etc. of A. plectocarpa subsp. plectocarpa are given in J.W.Turnbull (ed.), Multipurpose Austral. Trees & Shrubs 182 (1986).

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 B.R.Maslin & J.Rogers

Dr M.D.Tindale and Dr P.G.Kodela with the assistance of M.Bedward, S.J.Davies, C.Herscovitch, D.A.Keith and/or D.A.Morrison