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Newry golden wattle
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Acacia
Species:
chrysotricha
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Occurrence data from AVH

Acacia chrysotricha, commonly known as the Newry golden wattle or the Bellinger River wattle, is a species of Acacia native to eastern Australia. The species was listed as endangered in 2012 with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Description

The tree typically grows to a height of 6 to 21 metres (20 to 69 ft) and has fissured grey to red-brown bark. It inconspicuously ridged branchlets that have a surface densely covered with spreading golden, grey or fawn coloured hairs. The tips of immature foliage is villous and a deep golden colour. The leaves are a dark green colour but lighter underneath. They are composed of 12 to 20 pairs of pinnae along rachis that are 8 to 14 cm (3.1 to 5.5 in) in length. It flowers between July and August producing golden coloured flowers. The simple inflorescences are situated in axillary racemes. The spherical flower-heads contain 15 to 30 loosely packed golden flower. The thinly coriaceous dark brown to black seed pods that form after flowering in about November are 3 to 10 cm (1.2 to 3.9 in) in length and 4 to 6 mm (0.16 to 0.24 in) wide with whitish to brown hairs that have a length of around 2 mm (0.079 in). The tree is reasonably short lived and requires fire to stimulate germination.

Distribution

In is endemic to a small area in the north eastern corner of New South Wales within the Brierfield- Newry State Forest region where it is often situated in steep narrow gullies growing in quartzite based soils as a part of tall open forest communities or in rainforest communities as a component of the understory. It is known from two locations within the Jaaningga Nature Reserve where 1,200 individuals are known and two much smaller populations of around 30 individuals near the Gladstone State Forest over a total area of approximately 25 km2 (9.7 sq mi).

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