Acacia cultriformis A.Cunn. ex G.Don

Gen. Hist. 2: 406 (1832) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect or spreading shrub to 4 m high; branches sometimes weeping; branchlets terete or angled, glabrous, sometimes pruinose. Phyllodes crowded, on short stem projections, more or less triangular, adaxial margin conspicuously rounded with the proximal edge more or less parallel to branchlet, 10–30 mm long, 5–15 mm wide, grey-green to glaucous, glabrous, mucronate; midrib prominent, lateral veins obscure; gland prominent, 8–15 mm above base. Racemes prolific in upper axils, rachis usually 1–8 cm long, glabrous; peduncles 2.5–5 mm long, glabrous; heads globular to shortly cylindrical, 13–40-flowered, bright golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united. Pods narrowly oblong, to c. 9 cm long, 5–8 mm wide, raised over seeds, firmly chartaceous, glabrous, often pruinose; seeds longitudinal, oblong, 3.5–4.5 mm long, dull to shiny, black, aril clavate.    

*GipP, *GGr, *VRiv. Native to New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland, occasionally escaping cultivation in Victoria.

A variable species in phyllode and inflorescence shape and may contain 2 subspecies. The cultivar ‘Austraflora Cascade’ is commonly grown in horticulture as a ground cover, due to its pendulous, spreading habit, with plants reaching c. 0.3 m high and 4 m wide.   

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-02-23
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-07-22
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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 cultriformis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia cultriformis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Greater Grampians present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present cultivated

State distribution

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