Acacia elata A.Cunn. ex Benth.

Cedar Wattle

London J. Bot. 1: 383 (1842) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tree, 8–15 m tall; branchlets, rachises and pinnae usually covered in very short, appressed hairs; bark deeply fissured, dark brown to black; branchlets more or less terete, or sometimes slightly flattened. Leaves bipinnate, medium green above, paler below; rachis 15–22 cm long, small glands sometimes present at junction of upper pairs of pinnae; pinnae in 3–5 pairs; pinnules in 10–20 pairs, well-separated, lanceolate, mostly 30–60 mm long and 6–12 mm wide, shorter towards ends of pinnae, midrib prominent, apex acute. Inflorescence a raceme or panicle; heads globular, 30–50-flowered, creamy-yellow, peduncles 5–15 mm long. Pod more or less flat, almost straight, 10–15 cm long, 8–14 mm wide, irregularly constricted, dark grey to brownish, margins sometimes thickened. Flowers Dec.–Apr.

*EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP. Also naturalised Qld; native to NSW. Commonly grown shade tree which has become naturalised in woodlands and moist forests of south-central Victoria.

Unlikely to be confused with any native Acacia species except A. terminalis which is a shrub (rarely a tree) with pinnules to 2 cm long.

Source: Entwisle, T.J.; Maslin, B.R.; Cowan, R.S.; Court, A.B. (1996). Mimosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Acacia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acacia elata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia elata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory