Acacia obliquinervia Tindale

Mountain Hickory Wattle

Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 4: 76 (1968) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or tree, 1–15 m high; branchlets glabrous, commonly pruinose. Phyllodes obovate to narrowly oblanceolate, sometimes narrowly elliptic, 5–17 cm long, 1.5–5 cm wide, narrowed and often recurved near base, obtuse, grey-green to glaucescent, glabrous; pinnately veined, midrib prominent and situated towards the adaxial margin; gland 0–12 mm above pulvinus. Racemes sometimes in panicles, rachis 2–10 cm long, flexuose, glabrous; peduncles 1.5–5 mm long, stout, normally glabrous; heads globular, buds sometimes obloid, 20–35-flowered, bright golden or lemon-yellow. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united. Pods stalked, oblong, 4–15 cm long, 12–25 mm wide, slightly raised over seeds along midline, chartaceous to thinly coriaceous, slightly pruinose; seeds oblique, oblong-elliptic to ovate, 5–6 mm long, dull to slightly shiny, black; funicle thickly filiform, dark red-brown to black (dry), arillate. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Widespread and common in montane forests and woodlands at 500–1700 m altitude east of Melbourne and in the Grampians.

Formerly confused with A. falciformis which is distinguished by its creamy-yellow heads, normally golden puberulous peduncles and raceme axes, and phyllodes with a fine oblique vein from the gland to the midrib. Short phyllode forms may resemble A. caerulescens or A. penninervis, both of which also possess an oblique vein from the gland to the midrib. Sometimes superficially resembling A. pycnantha which is distinguished by its larger, 40–80-flowered heads, narrower pods (5–7 mm wide), and green phyllodes with a more or less central midrib.

Source: Entwisle, T.J.; Maslin, B.R.; Cowan, R.S.; Court, A.B. (1996). Mimosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Acacia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acacia obliquinervia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia obliquinervia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory