Acacia drummondii

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Drummond's wattle
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Clade: Mimosoideae
Genus: Acacia
Species: A. drummondii
Binomial name
Acacia drummondii
Synonyms

Acacia drummondii var. typica E.Pritz[1]

Acacia drummondii, commonly known as Drummond's wattle, is a perennial shrub endemic to Western Australia.[1]

Description[edit]

The erect and compact shrub[2] typically grows to a height of 0.3 to 1.8 metres (1.0 to 5.9 ft)[3] and to a similar width. The branches are thin and reddish and appear close to the ground. It has mid-green to slightly bluish green ornamental foliage. The leaves face upward from the stem and are well divided but not feathery with a length of around 2.5 centimetres (1.0 in). [2] It blooms between June and October producing inflorescences with yellow flowers.[3] A single flowerspike forms per axil, the spikes are 2 to 4 cm (0.8 to 1.6 in) in length with a soft appearance with clear canary yellow scentless flowers.[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

The species was first formally described by the botanist John Lindley in 1839 as part of the work A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony. It was reclassified by Leslie Pedley in 2003 as Racosperma drummondii then transferred back to the Acacia genus in 2006.[4]

The species name honours James Drummond, the Government Naturalist of the Swan River Colony.[2]

Distribution[edit]

It has a disjunct distribution extending north from the Wheatbelt region south the the Great Southern region around Albany. It is found in a variety of habitat including among granite outcrops, in gullies and low lying areas and on hillsides and grows well in sandy and gravelly soils often around laterite.[3] It often forms part of the understorey in the forests and woodland communities.[2]

See also[edit]

List of Acacia species

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ILDIS LegumeWeb
  2. ^ a b c d e "Acacia drummondii Drummond's wattle". Growing native plants. Australian National Botanic Gardens. Retrieved 12 September 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c "Acacia drummondii". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  4. ^ "Acacia drummondii Lindl". Atlas of Living Australia. [Global Biodiversity Information Facility]. Retrieved 12 September 2018.