Acacia lucasii Blakeley

Woolly-bear Wattle

J. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New South Wales 62: 215 (1928) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Shrub to 4 m high; branchlets woolly, hairs rusty-brown on young new shoots but ageing silvery white. Phyllodes crowded, ascending to erect, elliptic to narrowly elliptic or lanceolate, 1.5–3(–6) cm long, 6–15 mm wide, often slightly asymmetric, somewhat undulate, grey-green, covered in more or less appressed, woolly hairs, acute to obtuse-mucronate; midrib and marginal veins prominent, lateral veins obscure; gland obscure, 0–8 mm above pulvinus; stipules 2–4 mm long. Peduncles 1–4 mm long, 1 per axil or in terminal racemes with rachis c. 4 cm long, stout, woolly; heads obloid, densely 20–40-flowered, bright light-golden; bracteoles exserted in buds. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united. Pods oblong to narrowly oblong, to c. 4 cm long, 8–14 mm wide, thinly coriaceous-crustaceous, densely covered in woolly, rusty-brown hairs; seeds transverse to oblique, more or less oblong, 4–6 mm long, somewhat shiny, black, arillate. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

EGU, SnM. Also NSW (upper Tuross River). Extremely localized in Victoria, occurring on the Nunniong Plateau in the far northeast where it grows in heath and low woodland on exposed rocky slopes.

A very distinctive species due to its rusty-brown, woolly new growth and pods.

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, 2018-08-02
Hero image
Distribution map
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 lucasii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia lucasii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales