Acacia alpina F.Muell.

Alpine Wattle

Fragm. 3: 129 (1863) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or widely spreading shrub, 1–2 m high. Phyllodes obovate or suborbicular, commonly asymmetric, 1.5–3.5 cm long, 8–25 mm wide, coriaceous, mostly minutely mucronate; primary veins 2–4, secondary veins reticulate, conspicuous; gland small or obscure, 2–9 mm above axil. Spikes 1–2 per axil, cylindric to obloid, 5–15 mm long, pale yellow; rachis glabrous; peduncle 1–3 mm long. Flowers 4-merous, few, scattered; sepals united, pubescent. Pods moniliform, gently curved or coiled, 3–8 cm long, 3.5–6 mm wide, dark, sometimes glaucous; seeds narrowly elliptic, 3.5–5 mm long, funicle folded 3–8 times, aril turbinate. Flowers (May–)Oct.–Nov.

CVU, HNF, HSF, MonT, VAlp. Also NSW. Confined to alpine and subalpine areas, where sometimes locally common and occasionally forming thickets. Frequently growing on exposed sites on shallow, rocky soils.

At Mount Buffalo this species is known to hybridise with A. phlebophylla.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-27
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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 alpina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia alpina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory