Acacia acanthoclada subsp. acanthoclada

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stiff, intricate, spreading shrub, 0.3–2 m high; branchlets short, straight, rigid, patent to erect, spinescent, glabrous or pubescent. Phyllodes more or less erect, cuneate to obtriangular with upper apical angle obtuse and lower angle minutely mucronate, sometimes almost linear and then often more or less uncinate, semi-terete when very narrow, 0.3–0.8 cm long, 0.6–3 mm wide, glabrous or pubescent, green or rarely glaucous; veins divergent. Peduncles 1 per node, 5–15 mm long, glabrous, basal bract 1, becoming cleft; heads globular, 4–5 mm diam., 15–30-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united; petals 1-veined. Pods twisted or coiled, to 1–2 cm long (unexpanded), 2–3 mm wide, thinly coriaceous, slightly constricted between seeds, glabrous, dark brown to black; seeds longitudinal, elliptic, c. 2 mm long, mottled, light brown, aril oblique and thick. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

LoM, MuM, RobP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Grows in far north-west Victoria, particularly on sandhills.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-02-12
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-19
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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 acanthoclada subsp. acanthoclada in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia acanthoclada subsp. acanthoclada in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales