Acacia aspera subsp. aspera

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Phyllodes 10–30 mm long, flat or slightly concavo-convex in section. Peduncles 2–10 mm long, stout, usually with a mixture of eglandular hairs and sessile or subsessile glands; heads globular, 6–9 mm diam. (on preserved specimens), 30–50-flowered, usually golden yellow, buds burr-like in appearance due to acuminate, exserted bracteoles. Pods 20–60 mm long, 3–5 mm wide, rounded over seeds. Flowers Jul.–Nov.

CVU, Gold, GGr, HNF, NIS, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Widespread through central Victoria, usually growing on ranges in shallow stony or gravelly soil in Eucalyptus open-forest or mallee communities.

Putative hybrids between A. aspera subsp. aspera and possibly A. montana have been reported from the Whipstick north of Bendigo. They apparently resemble A. montana in phyllode characters but possess bracteoles and stipules very similar to those of A. aspera. Likewise hybrids between A. aspera subsp. aspera and A. verniciflua have been observed in remnant roadside vegetation along the Hume Highway south of Benalla. Plants are intermediate between the two parent species in phyllode size, shape, venation and tomentum, and bracteole length (see Piccinin et al. 2004).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-02-15
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 aspera subsp. aspera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia aspera subsp. aspera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory