Acacia binervata —Two-veined Hickory— FABACEAE.

Acacia binervata

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Habitat—Grows in wet or dry sclerophyll forest and in rainforest, in sandy or basaltic soils.

Distribution—North from Narooma and west to Mittagong and Tenterfield areas in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Erect or spreading tall shrub to 5 m high or tree to 15 m high; bark smooth or rough, grey—black or grey—brown; branchlets angled towards apices, glabrous

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Forster Park and Marina, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, 2 to 3 prominent longitudinal veins; phyllodes narrowly elliptic to broadly elliptic or sometimes ± lanceolate, straight or subfalcate, 6 to 14 cm long, 10 to 30 mm wide (to 50 mm wide on immature growth), glabrous, 2 or occasionally 3 longitudinal veins prominent, minor veins forming a fine oblique reticulum, apex acute; 1 gland near base; pulvinus 1 to 3 mm long.

Acacia binervata
Acacia binervata

Inflorescence.— 3 to 12 in an axillary raceme, or sometimes a terminal panicle; axis 1.5 to 8 cm long; peduncles 4 to 11 mm long, glabrous; heads globose, 30 to 50—flowered, 5 to 10 mm diam., pale yellow to ± white. Flowers 5—merous.

Flowering.—August—November.

Fruit—Pods ± straight, ± flat, barely to slightly, or variably more deeply, constricted between seeds, 3.5 to 14 cm long, 9 to 14 mm wide, firmly papery to leathery, with ± obscure transverse veins, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform or sometimes expanded towards seed.

Ripe.—February to April

Acacia binervata