Acacia maidenii—Maiden's Wattle—FABACEAE.

Acacia maidenii

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Habitat—Margins of Littoral, Dry and Subtropical Rainforest and Wet Sclerophyll Forest.

Distribution—East Gippsland Victoria to North Queensland

Description—Shrub to small tree to 20m. Bark fawnish grey, smooth, fissured on older trees. Branchlets light brown or grey; twigs have yellow, prominent lenticels.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Elizabeth Beach, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba River Area and Wallingat National Park

Leaves.— Phyllodes simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, with 1 to 5 longitudinal veins, alternate, simple, narrowly elliptic, straight or slightly curved, 8 to 20cm long, 10 to 30mm wide, flat, thin, tapering to a point, hairless.

Acacia maidenii
Acacia maidenii

Inflorescence.—Cylinderical spike, pale yellow to 6 cm long on short downy stalks in upper leaf axils, clustered together but not abundant or showy.

Flowering.—December to April

Fruit—A narrow cylinderical pod, 5 to 15 cm long, 2 to 5 mm wide, woody, finely hairy, twisted or curled into a loose spirals. Seeds black, oval.

Ripe.—October to December

Acacia maidenii