Acacia lineata A.Cunn. ex Don

Streaked Wattle

Gen. Hist. 2: 403 (1832) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Bushy, spreading shrub to 2 m high; branchlets often viscid, indumentum variable, sparse to dense. Phyllodes somewhat crowded, more or less linear, 0.9–1.7 cm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, stiff, sometimes subuncinate, glabrous to hairy, abaxial margin resinous, often obliquely mucronate; midrib resinous, close to adaxial margin and occasionally confluent with it near the apex; gland not prominent, usually 1–2 mm above pulvinus. Peduncles 1 or 2 per axil, 5–10 mm long, slender, usually glabrous, basal bract persistent; heads prolific, globular, 10–16-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merous; calyx irregularly dissected, lobes sometimes more or less free. Pods to 5 cm long, 2–4 mm wide, firmly chartaceous to thinly coriaceous, curved to irregularly undulate or twisted, viscid, glabrous or sometimes glandular-hairy; seeds longitudinal, oblong, 3–5 mm long, slightly shiny, brown, aril terminal. Flowers mostly Sep.–Oct.

Gold, LoM, MuM, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Mainly in north-western Victoria, often growing in mallee communities.

Indumentum characters may prove useful for discriminating taxa within this variable species.

Similar to Acacia flexifolia but differing especially in its obscure branchlet ribs which are not coated with a thick layer of resin, 10-16-flowered heads and phyllodes which are never kinked near their base.

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, 2018-09-04
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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 lineata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia lineata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Goldfields present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory