Acacia elata —Mountain Cedar Wattle, Cedar Wattle —FABACEAE.

Acacia elata

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest in various situations on the escarpment ranges; widely cultivated with potential to escape into adjacent bushland under suitable conditions.

Distribution—From the Budawang Range north to the Bellinger River in New South Wales.

Description—Erect tree to 20 m high; bark deeply fissured at base, dark brown to black; branchlets terete, appressed-hairy when young.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Dixon Property, Tuncurry Flora Park and Waitui Falls.

Leaves.—Compound, bipinnate, terminal leaflet absent, entire and less than 1 cm wide, petiole 2.5 to 9 cm long, appressed—hairy to ± glabrous, 1 prominent gland about halfway along; rachis 3 to 22 cm long, appressed-hairy to ± glabrous, jugary and interjugary glands absent or occasionally 1 gland at apex; pinnae usually 3 to 7 pairs, 7 to 23 cm long; pinnules 8 to 22 pairs, lanceolate, usually 20 to 50 mm long (range 10 to 60 mm long with basal pair usually shortest), 3 to 13 mm wide (mostly 5 mm or more wide), discolorous, appressed-hairy, glabrescent.

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Inflorescence.— In panicles or racemes; peduncles 2 to 11 mm long, yellow—hairy; heads globose, 30 to 55-flowered, 7—10 mm diam., pale yellow or cream—coloured.

Flowering.— December—February.

Fruit—Pods ± straight, ± flat, straight—sided or slightly constricted between seeds, 4—17.5 cm long, 9—15 mm wide, firmly papery to leathery, densely hairy with minute yellow hairs when young, becoming sparsely hairy with age; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.

Ripe.—January to April

Acacia elata