Acacia implexa Benth.


London J. Bot. 1: 368 (1842) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or small tree, 3–15 m high, often suckering; branchlets angular and commonly lightly pruinose, becoming terete with slight ridges, glabrous. Phyllodes descending, usually falcate, 7–20 cm long, 6–25 mm wide, broadest near or below middle, chartaceous to thin-coriaceous, glabrous, acute to acuminate, tip sometimes callose and curved to circinate; main veins 3, slightly raised, distant, with numerous, smaller, frequently anastamosing veins. Racemes 4–8-headed, rachis 10–45 mm long; peduncles 6–15 mm long, glabrous; heads globular, 5–6 mm diam., 30–52-flowered, cream to pale yellow. Flowers 5-merous; sepals three-quarters united, lobes fimbriate. Pods linear, to 25 cm long, 4–7 mm wide, somewhat woody or thick-coriaceous, twisted and coiled, margins thickened; seeds longitudinal, oblong-oval, 4–5 mm long, semi-glossy, dark-brown, funicle aril fleshy, white, in 1 or 2 loops over apex of seed. Flowers Dec.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. (King Is. only). Widespread in hilly country and on fertile plains, mostly in open forest and usually on shallow drier soils.

Similar to A. frigescens in having broad, 3-veined phyllodes with the tips often callose, heads in short racemes, similar perianth and bracteoles and seeds with a fleshy funicle. The 2 species differ in the shape of the phyllodes and the twisted and coiled legumes of A. implexa. See also notes under A. melanoxylon.

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 implexa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia implexa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory