Acacia sclerophylla var. sclerophylla

Hard-leaf Wattle

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dense, rounded or flat-topped shrub, 0.2–3 m high; branchlets often twisted and pustulate, resinous, glabrous. Phyllodes usually linear-oblanceolate, 2–4 cm long, 1–4.5 mm wide, thick, somewhat curved, glabrous, obtuse, mucronate; main veins 3, distant, resinous, whitish, impressed in summit of ridges, with as many weaker, sometimes obscure, secondary veins; stipules persistent, triangular, c. 0.5 mm long. Peduncles 2–5 mm long, 2 per axil, glabrous; heads globular, 3–4 mm diam., 12–20-flowered, light-golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals free. Pods linear, to 6 cm long, 2–3 mm wide, curved to twisted, glabrous; seeds longitudinal, oblong to oblong-ovate, aril apical. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Widespread in north-western Victoria, growing principally in mallee eucalypt scrub or woodland in a wide variety of, but mostly sandy, soils.

The number of veins per phyllode varies from 3 to 7, depending on the prominence of the secondary veins but often the main veins can be distinguished by the fact they are resinous. The shape of the phyllodes is generally variable; the commonest form is linear-oblanceolate but broader oblanceolate forms also occur.

Note that A. sclerophylla var. lissophylla is now treated as a variety of A. ancistrophylla.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-21
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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 sclerophylla var. sclerophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia sclerophylla var. sclerophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Greater Grampians present native

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