Acacia dawsonii R.T.Baker

Poverty Wattle

Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, ser. 2, 22: 153, t. 8 (1897) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Shrub or tree, 0.4–4 m high; branchlets terete with resinous, sometimes minutely crenate, ridges, densely covered with appressed, minute hairs between ridges. Phyllodes ascending to erect, linear, mostly 5–11 cm long, 3–8 mm wide, straight to slightly curved, thin, glabrous, often with resinous veins, tapering to obtuse, rarely acute, callose-mucronulate; main veins 1 or 2, raised, distant, with few to numerous, sometimes raised, secondary veins occasionally to frequently anastamosing. Racemes 4–6-headed, rachis 5–25 mm long, resin-ridged, with appressed, minute hairs; peduncles 1–3 mm long; heads depressed-globular, 3–4 mm diam., mostly 4–6-flowered, light golden, subtended by 4–6 thick, semicircular bracteoles, those in heads spathulate. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united at base. Pods linear, to 6 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, straight or slightly curved, thinly coriaceous, smooth, glabrous; seeds longitudinal, oblong, black, aril apical. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

EGL, EGU, HNF, NIS. Also Qld, NSW. In Victoria, known from only a few disjunct localities in the east (Mitta Mitta and Snowy River valleys), growing in dry open-forest, usually in rocky sites.

Related to A. farinosa which has thick, linear-oblanceolate phyllodes with the veins immersed, more flowers in the heads, and a ring of sterile, differently shaped bracteoles at the apex of the peduncles.

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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acacia dawsonii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia dawsonii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory