Acacia colletioides Benth.


London J. Bot. 1: 336 (1842) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rigid, diffuse to dense shrub or tree, 0.5–3 m high; branchlets glabrous or with sparse appressed, minute hairs, and glabrescent. Phyllodes stiffly spreading, sessile, more or less terete, 1.5–3 cm long, 1–1.5 mm diam., rigid, straight to slightly curved, glabrous, subulate, very pungent; veins 8, strongly raised, lighter coloured;. gland small, on basal swelling. Peduncles 1.5–4.5 mm long, 2 per axil, glabrous; basal peduncular bracts cucullate, sometimes semicircular; heads subglobular, often widely ellipsoid, 3–5 mm long, 3–4.5 mm diam., 20–24-flowered, golden; bracteoles peltate. Flowers mostly 5-merous; sepals free. Pods narrowly oblong, to 7 cm long, 3–5 mm wide, thin-coriaceous, constricted between seeds, 1- or 2-coiled, glabrous, sometimes reticulate; seeds longitudinal, oval to ovate, 3.5–4 mm long, shiny black; aril yellow, nearly enveloping seed. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP. Also WA, SA, NSW. In north-west of state only, growing mainly in mallee scrub or open woodland on sandy loam soils.

Closely related to A. nyssophylla which has phyllodes with more than twice as many (less distinct) veins and gland more than 2 mm above pulvinus. See also notes under A. enterocarpa.

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
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acacia colletioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia colletioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory