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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Flowers. Copyright Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Acacia ulicifolia (Salisb.) Court
Court, A.B. (1957) The Victorian Naturalist 73: 173. Type: ?.
Racosperma ulicifolium (Salisb.) Pedley, Austrobaileya 2(3): 356(1984), Type: ?. Mimosa ulicifolia Salisb., Prodr. Stirp.: 324(1796), Type: New South Wales, Port Jackson, Burton: holo: ?. Acacia juniperina (Vent.) Willd., Sp. Pl. 4: 1049(1806), Type: ?.
Juniper Wattle; Prickly Moses; Wattle, Juniper
Flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-4 m tall.
Flowers sessile, packed in spherical heads on peduncles about 5-15 mm long. Calyx +/- translucent, clothed in white hairs. Corolla +/- translucent, yellow-green towards the apex. Anther filaments glabrous, white. Ovary green.
Cotyledons about 4-5 x 2 mm. First leaf pinnate, second leaf bipinnate, leaflets apiculate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves phyllodineous, terete or linear, about 6-8 x 1 mm, apex subulate, base sessile. Midrib just visible with a lens. Stipules linear, about 1 mm long.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Australia, occurs in NEQ and southwards as far as Tasmania. Altitudinal range in NEQ from 900-1100 m. In NEQ usually grows in open forest and wet sclerophyll forest but occasionally found on rain forest margins.
This species has exhibited some anti-tumour activity. (http://www.rain-tree.com/form_intensive.htm)
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)