Acacia ligulata A.Cunn. ex Benth.

Small Cooba

London J. Bot. 1: 362 (1842) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Usually glabrous, dense shrub or tree, 2–3 m high; branchlets light brown, often slightly scurfy and distinctly yellow-ribbed. Phyllodes usually linear to narrowly elliptic, usually 3–7.5 cm long and 4–14 mm wide, 5–19 times as long as wide, usually thick (coarsely wrinkled when dry), often uncinate, mucro small and hard, recurved to straight; 1-veined; glands commonly 3, lowermost 2–20 mm above pulvinus, distal glands smaller with one at base of mucro. Raceme with rachis usually 3–20 mm long; peduncles usually 2–10 mm long; heads globular, moderately dense, 19–24-flowered, deep golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united, truncate. Pods commonly more or less straight-sided, at most slightly constricted between seeds, to 9 cm long, 5–9 mm wide, thick, woody, light brown with often a paler median stripe; seeds longitudinal, oblong-elliptic, usually 4–6 mm long, shiny, brown, aril yellow-orange or red. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, NSW. Widespread in north-west Victoria, where growing in mallee woodland or shrubland on sand.

See notes under A. salicina and A. cupularis.

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 ligulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia ligulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory