Acacia porcata is a sprawling shrub growing to less than 5 m tall. Branchlets are cylindrical in cross section, resinous and covered in dense, stiff, white hairs 1 – 1.5 mm long, becoming greyish. Phyllodes (enlarged part of the leaf stalk taking the form of a leaf) are more or less cylindrical in shape (5 – 30 mm long by 0.5 mm in diameter), tapered at the base and end abruptly at a short straight or slightly incurved tip (0.25mm long). Flower heads are ball-shaped and contain 35 – 40 yellow flowers on 10 – 20 mm long, sticky stalks, usually much longer than the phyllodes. Seed pods are flat, sticky, lacking a stalk and measure 11 – 2 7 mm long by 5- 6mm across. They have a ridge on the external surface that is along the middle, above the seeds. The pods contain 1 – 4 seeds arranged lengthways. Seeds are black, shiny and slightly sticky with a slight ridge on the side. Seeds measure 5 mm long by 3.5 mm wide by 1.5 mm thick. The fleshy outer seed covering is white.
Acacia porcata |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Acacia porcata
Threat factor Threat Evidence base type and status Fire Too frequent suspected High frequency fires during key points in the life cycle damage burning current or kill A.porcata.