Scientific Name:
Acacia longifolia (Andrews) Willd., Sp. Pl., ed. 4 [Willdenow] 4(2), 1052 (1806)
  • Mimosa longifolia Andrews, Bot. Repos. 3, pl. 207 (1802)
  • Racosperma longifolium (Andrews) Mart. (1835)
Vernacular Name(s):
Sydney golden wattle

Shrub or small tree; twigs sharply angled, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Lvs reduced to phyllodes, alternate; phyllodes glabrous, narrowly elliptic to obovate, symmetric or slightly curved, acute or obtuse and usually shortly mucronate, entire, (60)–80–130 × 6–22 mm, with 2–(4) prominent veins; stipules lanceolate, 1–3 mm long, not always conspicuous in mature plants. Fls 4-merous and solitary but closely packed in axillary, pale to golden yellow, cylindric spikes; spikes < or = lvs. Pod glabrous or sparsely hairy, straight or slightly curved, 80–120 × c. 4 mm; aril not much folded, thickened and cup-shaped below seed.

[From: Webb et al. (1985) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4 as Racosperma longifolium (Andrews) Mart.]

Number of subspecific taxa in New Zealand within Acacia longifolia (Andrews) Willd.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
Andrews, H.C. 1801–1802: The Botanist's Repository, for new, and rare plants. Vol. 3. London.
Biosecurity New Zealand 2012: Regional Pest Management Strategies Database.
Edwards, R. 2008: Lincoln University campus – a guide to some of the trees currently growing there. Lincoln University, Lincoln.
Howell, C. 2008: Consolidated list of environmental weeds in New Zealand. DOC Research & Development Series 292: 42.
Orchard, A.E.; Wilson, A.J.G. (ed.) 2001a: Flora of Australia. 11B, Mimosaceae, Acacia part 2.
Orchard, A.E.; Wilson, A.J.G. 2001b: Mimosaceae, Acacia, part 2. Flora of Australia. Vol. 11B. ABRS, Canberra. ABRS/CSIRO, Canberra and Melbourne.
Willdenow, C.L. von 1806: Species Plantarum. Vol. 4 (2). G.C. Nauk, Berlin.