Linnaea 26: 616 (1853) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)
Rounded shrub 1–3 m high; branches with appressed hairs; new shoots usually golden hairy. Phyllodes usually slightly asymmetrically oblong-elliptic to oblong-obovate or obovate, 1.3–2.5(–3.0) cm long, 4–10(–12) mm wide, mostly 2–3 times as long as wide, indumentum of moderate to dense appressed hairs, becoming sparse with age, grey-green, obtuse to subacute; 1-veined, lateral veins not prominent; gland small, approx. one third to mid-way along upper margin. Inflorescence 1–5-headed, rachis 0.5–5 mm long, pubescent; peduncles slender 4–15 mm long, with hirsute antrorse hairs; heads 15–30-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merious; sepals variably dissected. Pods linear to narrowly oblong, sometimes constricted between seeds, chartaceous, glabrous, dark brown or black, lightly pruinose; seeds not seen. Flowers Jul.–Oct.
LoM, MuM, Wim. Also SA. Scattered in far western and north-western Victoria in mallee and heathy woodland on deep sand or shallow sand over loam soils.
Previously regarded as a variant of Acacia brachybotrya and similar in almost all aspects to that species, but differing in the appressed hairs on new shoots and leaves that are often golden or silvery.
Specimens with golden new shoots may resemble A. argyrophylla (see notes under that species) and in some cases hybridity is suspected.
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