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Chewings Range wattle
Scientific classification
Genus:
Acacia
Species:
dolichophylla
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Occurrence data from AVH

Acacia dolichophylla, also known as Chewings Range wattle, is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves that is endemic to arid parts of central Australia.

Description

The shrub typically grows to a height of 3 to 4 m (9.8 to 13.1 ft) and has a bushy habit with finely ribbed and hairy branchlets. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The evergreen phyllodes have a narrowly linear shape that taper to a fine point and have a length of 12 to 19 cm (4.7 to 7.5 in) and a width of 1 to 2 mm (0.039 to 0.079 in) with three raised distant nerves. The inflorescences appear in clusters of one to five along and axes that is 0.5 to 2 mm (0.020 to 0.079 in) in length and have spherical flower heads that have a diameter of approximately 4.5 mm (0.18 in) and contain around 25 pale yellow coloured flowers.

Taxonomy

The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1980 as part of the work A contribution to the flora of central Australia as published in the Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It was reclassified in 2003 by Leslie Pedley as Racosperma dolicophyllum then transferred back to genus Acacia in 2006. It is similar is appearance to Acacia praelongata and Acacia estrophiolata and is thought to be related to Acacia tenuior. The type specimen was collected in 1975 from around Ormiston Pound.

Distribution

It is commonly situated in sheltered and steep gullies in schistose hills in a small area of the Chewings Range in the southern part of the Northern Territory.

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