Acacia frigescens J.H.Willis

Frosted Wattle

Victorian Naturalist 73: 158 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or tree, to c. 25 m high; branchlets terete, ribbed, mealy and slightly hairy. Phyllodes ascending, elliptic to oblanceolate-elliptic, 7–16 cm long, 15–50 mm wide, coriaceous, minutely mealy to minutely pubescent, acute, tip callose; main veins 3 or 4, slightly raised, distant, with smaller veins forming frequent anastamoses. Racemes 2- or 5-headed, rachis 6–17 mm long, mealy; peduncles 5–10 mm long, minutely pubescent; heads globular, 6–7 mm diam., 30-flowered, pale cream to golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united in obconical cup, with red resin-hairs. Pods linear, raised over seeds, to 10 cm long, 5–8 mm wide, crustose-coriaceous, straight, mealy-puberulous; seeds longitudinal, oblong, 4–5 mm long, semi-glossy, black, funicle-aril fleshy, in 3 apical loops. Flowers Sep.–Nov.(–Feb.)

EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, VAlp. In montane and subalpine regions north-east of Melbourne and in East Gippsland. Grows in understorey of tall, open-forest of various Eucalyptus species.

See notes under A. melanoxylon and A. implexa.

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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acacia frigescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia frigescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

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