Acacia prominens A.Cunn. ex Don

Gosford Wattle

Gen. Hist. 2: 406 (1832)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Dense shrub or tree, 5–9(–25)m high; branchlets slender, angled at extremities, glabrous. Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblong-elliptic, 3–6 cm long, 5–12 mm wide, 4–9 times as long as wide, thin, glabrous except pulvinus sparsely hairy, grey-green to glaucous, usually obtuse-mucronate to subacute; midrib prominent, pinnate veins fine; gland very prominent with a large orifice, normally exserted, 5–20 mm above pulvinus. Racemes with rachis 1.5–6 cm long, slender, glabrous; peduncles 5–7 mm long, slender, glabrous; heads showy, globular, 7–16-flowered, lemon-yellow. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united; ovary glabrous. Pods to 10 cm long, 9–12 mm wide, firmly chartaceous, glabrous, pruinose, stalked; seeds mostly longitudinal, oblong to elliptic, 5–6 mm long, somewhat shiny, black, aril clavate. Flowers Jul.–Sep.

*DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *NIS, *VVP. Native to near coastal areas between Gosford and Singleton in New South Wales. Naturalised in outer suburban Melbourne, in Reef Hill Regional Park near Benalla, at Zumstein in the Grampians and possibly at Dimboola.

Similar to A. kettlewelliae which is distinguished by its generally longer or narrower phyllodes (usually 8-13 times as long as wide), glands submerged within the lamina and shorter peduncles.

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 prominens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia prominens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory