Acacia myrtifolia (Sm.) Willd.

Myrtle Wattle

Sp. Pl., edn 4, 4: 1054 (1806) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Glabrous, bushy shrub, 0.5–3 m high; branchlets angled, prominently ribbed, normally red. Phyllodes erect, commonly narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, sometimes linear to linear-elliptic, mostly 2–13 cm long, 4–30 mm wide, asymmetric, usually thick and coriaceous, green, smooth, acute or obtuse-mucronate, sometimes coarsely pungent; midrib and marginal veins prominent, lateral veins absent or obscure; gland prominent, mostly 0.5–2 cm above pulvinus. Racemes with rachis 1–6(–12) cm long, 3–20-headed; peduncles 3–12 mm long, stout; heads more or less globular, 2–5(–8)-flowered, usually creamy-yellow. Flowers 4-merous, large; sepals united, truncate to sinuolately lobed; ovary minutely tomentose. Pods linear, to 9 cm long, 3–5 mm wide, crustaceous to subwoody, erect, curved, marginal vein thick and undulate; seeds longitudinal, narrowly oblong, 3.5–4.5 mm long, shiny, brown or greyish-brown, aril terminal. Flowers Jun.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states except NT, ACT. Patchily distributed but common through southern Victoria, growing on sand or sand over laterite or granite, in forest, woodland, scrub or coastal heath.

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 myrtifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia myrtifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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