Acacia terminalis (Salisb.) J.F.Macbr.

Sunshine Wattle

Contr. Gray Herb. new ser., 3, 59: 7 (1919) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub (rarely small tree), 1–6 m tall, glabrous or with scattered, short hairs, particularly on inflorescence; bark smooth, grey; branchlets ridged, usually reddish. Leaves bipinnate, dark shiny green above, much paler below; petiole with a reddish elongate gland; rachis 4–8 cm long, with small glands sometimes present at junction of upper pairs of pinnae; pinnae in 2–6 pairs; pinnules in c. 10–15 pairs, well-separated, linear to linear-lanceolate, 8–14 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, shorter towards proximal end of pinnae, midrib prominent, apex obtuse to acute, mucronate. Inflorescence a raceme or panicle; heads globular, 6–15-flowered, pale to golden-yellow, peduncles 4–12 mm long. Pod more or less flat, straight or slightly curved, 3–10 cm long, 9–13 mm wide, irregularly constricted, red-brown to blackish-brown, margins thickened, surface above each seed with a pair of eruptions. Flowers Mar.–Jul.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP. Also NSW, Tas. Common in dry forests east of Melbourne with an outlying population near Aireys Inlet. Often growing at the edge of disturbed areas such as quarries or roads.

There is some variation in flower colour and stature of plants within Victoria.

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, 2016-10-06
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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 terminalis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia terminalis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory