Acacia tabula Molyneux & Forrester

Muelleria 26: 55 (2008) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Shrub 0.2–0.5 m high, spreading by root suckers; branchlets glabrous. Phyllodes narrow-oblong to elliptic, abaxial margin often more or less straight, 0.6–1.7 cm long, 0.8–2.5(–4.2) mm wide, glabrous, grey-green, eccentrically mucronate; midrib prominent, lateral veins indistinct; gland prominent, 1.5–4.5(–6.5) mm above pulvinus. Racemes with rachis (0.5–)0.8–1(–1.2) cm long, glabrous; peduncles 1.5–3 mm long, glabrous; heads globular, 5–8-flowered, yellow. Flowers 5-merous, sepals united. Pods not seen. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

HNF, MonT, SnM. Known from a single population growing on high rocky ground in the upper catchment of Little River near Wulgulmerang.

This species was previously regarded to be a dwarf variant of Acacia  buxifolia.

Acacia tabula spreads by suckering and does not seem to set fruit.  It co-occurs with A. infecunda (previously regarded to be a dwarf variant of A. boormanii) and A. nanopravissima (previously regarded to be a dwarf variant of A. pravissima). All three species are restricted to the same location and are apparently sterile. Acacia tabula is somewhat intermediate between A. infecunda and A. nanopravissima, and it is speculated by Molyneux and Forrester (2008) that A. tabula may be a stabilised hybrid between ancestral forms of these two species. 

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-03-21
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-16
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Acacia
Higher taxa

Victoria

Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Acacia tabula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia tabula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
State
Victoria