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Acacia filipes
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Acacia filipes is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Juliflorae that is endemic to a small area in northern Australia.


The spreading shrub typically grows to a height of 1 metre (3 ft) and a width of around 2 m (6 ft 7 in). It has slender and angular branchlets that are ribbed and resinous. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The evergreen and terete phyllodes are glabrous and have a length of 8.5 to 15 cm (3.3 to 5.9 in) and a diameter of 0.4 to 0.8 mm (0.016 to 0.031 in) with a callus oblique point at the end and eight parallel and longitudinal nerves. It blooms in February and fruits in May. The cylindrical flower-spikes with a length of 10 to 25 mm (0.39 to 0.98 in) that occur in pairs at the base of rudimentary axillary shoots on slender stalks; peduncles slender with a length of 35 to 45 mm (1.4 to 1.8 in). After flowering woody, flat and linear seed pods with a length of 4 to 4.5 cm (1.6 to 1.8 in) and a width of 2.5 to 3 mm (0.098 to 0.118 in). The dark grey seeds with a length of 3 mm (0.12 in) and a width of 1.5 mm (0.059 in) with a cupular aril.


It is native to a small area in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory mostly within Deaf Adder gorge where it is situated on top of sandstone escarpments as a part of open woodland communities.

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