Acacia phlebophylla F.Muell. ex H.B.Will.

Buffalo Sallow-wattle

in Ewart, Fl. Victoria. 1931: 607 (1931)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Erect or spreading shrub to 3 (rarely to 6) m high. Phyllodes oblanceolate, obovate or elliptic, 4–14 cm long, 15–60 mm wide, commonly asymmetric, obtuse, thick-textured; margins uneven and mostly resinous; main veins mostly 3, secondary veins prominent, strongly reticulate; gland small or obscure, 3–9 mm above axil. Spikes 1–2 per axil, to 6 cm long, yellow; rachis glabrous; peduncle c. 5 mm long. Flowers 4-merous, scattered; sepals united, glabrous. Pods subcylindric, 2.5–11.5 cm long, 8–12 mm wide, gently curved; seeds elliptic, 5–7.5 mm long, funicle usually folded 3 times, aril turbinate. Flowers Jun.–Dec.

CVU, HNF, VAlp. Locally common at a few sites on the Mt Buffalo massif, mostly between c. 500 and 1200 m altitude, in open woodlands and heathlands, often amongst granite boulders, rarely in taller forest.

Acacia phlebophylla is known to hybridise with A. alpina at the upper limit of its range and with A. kettlewelliae where it approaches the typically taller forest habitat of that species.

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
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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 phlebophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia phlebophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present cultivated
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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