Acacia aspera Lindl.

Rough Wattle

in T.Mitch., Three Exped. Australia, edn 1, 2: 138 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading, viscid shrub, 0.5–2 m high; branchlets ribbed, slightly roughened, covered in coarse hairs, at least some gland-tipped. Phyllodes oblong-linear to narrowly oblong-elliptic or narrowly obovate, usually 1–3 cm long, 2–4(–7) mm wide, coriaceous, slightly roughened, indumentum as on branchlets except sparser, mucronate with oblique point; midrib prominent; stipules normally 1–2 mm long. Peduncles 1 or 2 per axil, 2–16 mm long, at least some hairs of indumentum usually gland-tipped, basal bract persistent; heads globular, (15–)30–50-flowered, pale yellow to golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united. Pods narrowly oblong to linear, usually rounded over seeds, 1.5–6 cm long, 3–6 mm wide, firmly chartaceous to thinly coriaceous, curved, densely covered in coarse hairs, some or all gland-tipped; seeds longitudinal, oblong, 4–5 mm long, shiny, dark brown, aril terminal.

CVU, EGL, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, MuF, NIS, VRiv, VVP, Wim.

2 subspecies, both in Victoria.

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, 2018-08-27
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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 aspera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia aspera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory