Acacia brownii (Poir.) Steud.

Heath Wattle

Nomencl. Bot. 2 (1821), as A brownei APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Similar to A. ulicifolia but distinguished in the following ways. Sprawling, commonly semi-prostrate shrub, less than 1 m high; branchlets glabrous or with sparse, minute hairs. Phyllodes linear, 8–25 mm long, quadrangular-terete to flat with a pronounced midrib, neither broadening nor with a gland-angle at base, often distant, slender; stipules frequently deciduous, usually less than 1 mm long. Heads bright golden to deep golden. Flowers Jul.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, NIS, OtP, Strz, VVP, Wim. Also Qld, NSW. Grows on sand in heath, dry sclerophyll woodland or open-forest.

Acacia brownii is sometimes treated as a variety of A. ulicifolia, and intermediates between the 2 taxa are not uncommon.

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 brownii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia brownii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory