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Salt gully wattle
Scientific classification
Genus:
Acacia
Species:
patagiata
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Occurrence data from AVH

Acacia patagiata, also commonly knowns as salt gully wattle, is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves that is endemic to south western Australia.

Description

The rounded shrub typically grows to a height of 0.5 to 2.5 metres (2 to 8 ft) and has glarous to very lightly haired branchlets. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather that true leaves. The rigid, leathery, glabrous and pungent grey-green phyllodes are ascending to erect and have an oblong-oblanceolate to elliptic shape and are slightly to shallowly to strongly incurved. The phyllodes are around 2.5 to 5.5 cm (0.98 to 2.17 in) in length and 3 to 8 mm (0.12 to 0.31 in) wide and have many parrallel, fine, parallel veins with the central nerve more prominent than the others. It blooms from July to September and produces yellow flowers.

Taxonomy

The species was first formally described by the botanists Richard Sumner Cowan and Bruce Maslin in 1990 as a part of the work Acacia Miscellany 3. Some new microneurous taxa of Western Australia related to A. multineata (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae: Section Plurinerves) from Western Australia as published in the journal Nuytsia. It is very similar in appearance to Acacia lineolata subsp. multilineata and also Acacia unguicula to a lesser degree. It also resembles Acacia mimica.

Distribution

It is native to an area in the Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions of Western Australia where it is commonly situated along salt rivers and creeks and along the margins of salt lakes and salt pans growing in sandy, sandy-loam or clay soils. The range of the plant extends from around Pingrup in the north west to around Mount Ney in the east.

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