Acacias of Australia

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Acacia spania Pedley




Known only from two localities near Emerald, Qld.


Tree to 15 m high; single-stemmed, glabrous. Bark ‘ironbark’-type. Branchlets angular, light brown, scurfy. Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to elliptic, flat, straight or sometimes subfalcate, normally 2–5 cm long, 10–20 mm wide, coriaceous, stiff, slightly glaucous, scurfy, with 3–5 main nerves scarcely prominent; minor nerves c. 10 per mm, longitudinal, very inconspicuous, not anastomosing; gland 1, rudimentary, basal, to 1 mm above pulvinus. Inflorescences racemose; raceme axes (1–) 2–3 (–5) mm long. Spikes 2.5–4 cm long. Flowers 5-merous; calyx c. 1 mm long, dissected from c. ½ its length to almost to base, slightly hairy at base and slightly brown scurfy at apex; corolla c. 1.5 mm long, glabrous; ovary glabrous. Pods and seeds unknown.


Flowers Aug.


It occurs as relatively pure stands in shallow red soil surrounded by open eucalypt woodland.


Qld: ‘Fairhill’, c. 70 km by road NE of Emerald, N.Hall 82/2 (NSW); c. 55 km SSE of Yalleroi, N.Hall 82/16 (NSW).


This species is probably related to A. umbellata and A. striatifolia but it has deeply lobed calyces and generally smaller phyllodes. It is a member of the ‘A. cheelii group’.

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