Acacia cardiophylla A.Cunn. ex Benth.

London J. Bot. 1: 385 (1842) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Spreading  shrub to c. 2.5 m high; bark smooth, grey to brown; branchlets terete or obscurely angled, usually with pale short spreading hairs. Leaves bipinnate, pale green, subsessile; rachis 1–6 cm long, with a small orbicular gland at insertion of basal pair of pinnae;  with minute, orbicular jugary glands often inconspicuous or missing from some pairs of pinnae; pinnae in (3–)8–19 pairs, (0.2–)0.5–1.2 cm long, lower pairs shorter than others; pinnules in 4–14 pairs, narrowly ovate, orbicular or oblong, 0.8–2 mm long, 0.5–1(–1.3) mm wide, hispidulous especially below and on margins, oblique at base, the apex obtuse, broadly rounded or subacute. Inflorescences of axillary racemes or panicles; axis often flexuose; heads globular 3–5 mm diam., 16–32-flowered, pale to golden yellow, peduncles c. 3 mm long. Pods straight or sligtly curved 1.5–11.5 cm long, 4–6.5 mm wide, subcoriaceous, blue-black or dark brown, silvery-hispid. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

*DunT, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP. Also NSW (native), ACT (naturalised). Widely cultivated. Scattered plants occasionally recorded as naturalised away from gardens (e.g. Anglesea, Beaumaris). Native to inland New South Wales.

Description adapted from

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2016-01-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-17
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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 cardiophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia cardiophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory