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Ingram's wattle
Ingram's Wattle, "Acacia ingramii" Wollomombi Falls, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, NSW, Australia
Ingram's Wattle, Acacia ingramii, Wollomombi Falls, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, NSW, Australia
Scientific classification
Genus:
Acacia
Species:
ingramii
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Occurrence data from AVH

Acacia ingramii, commonly known as Ingram's wattle, is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae that is native to parts of north eastern Australia.

Description

The shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 2 to 5 m (6 ft 7 in to 16 ft 5 in) and has a spreading bushy habit. It has smooth grey bark that is corrugated towards the base of the plant. The angled or terete brnachlets have covered in appressed whitish hairs and have yellowish silky new shoots. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The evergreen, straight or slightly curved phyllodes have a linear shape and a length of 7 to 14 cm (2.8 to 5.5 in) and a width of 1.5 to 3.5 mm (0.059 to 0.138 in) and are covered in yellow or whitish appressed hairs. The phyllodes have a prominent midvein and obscure lateral veins with an acute apex.

Taxonomy

The species was first formally described by the botanist Mary Tindale in 1978 as part of the work Notes on Australian taxa of Acacia as published in the journal Telopea. It was reclassified as Racosperma ingramii by Leslie Pedley in 2003 then returned to genus Acacia in 2006. The specific epithet honours Cyril Keith Ingram who first recognised it as a new species.

Distribution

The shrub has a limited distribution in upper basin of the Macleay River in New South Wales to the east of Armidale. It is reasonably widespread in the escarpment gorges from around Apsley Falls to Wollomombi Falls and also in the Guy Fawkes River National Park usually in low woodland or open forest communities situated in steep country.

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