Acacia sophorae

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Acacia sophorae
File:Acacia longifolia subsp. sophorae 3.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. sophorae
Binomial name
Acacia sophorae
(Labill.) Court
Synonyms
  • Acacia longifolia subsp. sophorae

Acacia sophorae, commonly known as Coast Wattle or Coastal Wattle, is a wattle found in coastal and subcoastal south-eastern Australia from the Eyre Peninsula to southern Queensland. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of Sallow Wattle (Acacia longifolia). The specific epithet refers to its similarity to plants in the genus Sophora.

Description

In exposed situations it is a large, prostrate or decumbent shrub, with its trunk and lower branches usually growing along the ground, reaching up to 3 m in height and spreading to 4 m or more horizontally. The oval phyllodes are 50–100 mm long with prominent longitudal veins. The bright yellow flowers occur as elongated spikes up to 50 mm long in the phyllode axils. Flowering occurs mainly in late winter and spring. It occurs on primary dunes, in coastal heath, open forest and alluvial flats. It is used for dune stabilisation on beaches where it will tolerate sea spray and sand blast, providing protection for less hardy plants.[1][2][3][4]

References

  1. "Acacia sophorae". Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  2. Longmore, Sue; Smithyman, Steve; & Crawley, Matt (2010). Coastal Plants of the Bellarine Peninsula. Bellarine Catchment Network. 
  3. "Coastal Wattle Acacia sophorae". Coastal sand dunes – their vegetation and management. Leaflet No.IV-10. Department of Environment, Queensland. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  4. "Acacia sophorae". Australian Native Plants Society. 2010-08-00. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 


      
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