Acacia ausfeldii Regel

Ausfeld's Wattle

Index Sem. Hort. Petrop. 106 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Somewhat viscid shrub or tree, 2–4 m high; branchlets prominently resin-ribbed, glabrous. Phyllodes usually patent, linear-oblong to narrowly elliptic, 2–6 cm long, 2–6 mm wide, mucro usually oblique, straight to slightly curved, resinous-punctate, glabrous, obtuse to subacute; midrib prominent, lateral veins usually absent, sometimes obscure; gland 0–3 mm above pulvinus. Peduncles usually 2 per axil, 4–9 mm long, rarely in short raceme (see below), somewhat stout, often patent, usually pubescent-tomentose and bracteate at base; heads globular to slightly obloid, 30–45-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united. Pods linear, raised over seeds, 3–9 cm long, 2.5–3 mm wide, firmly chartaceous, glabrous; seeds longitudinal, obloid, 3–4 mm long, shiny, dark brown, aril terminal. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

CVU, Gold, MuF, VRiv. Also NSW. Scattered through north-central Victoria where it grows in dry forest and mallee communities.

A population from Mt Bernard, near Avenel, is characterized by its glabrous, basally ebracteate peduncles that are sometimes arranged in very short racemes.

Similar to some variants of A. leprosa but distinguished by its glabrous, resin-ribbed branchlets, normally tomentose-pubescent peduncles (hairs dense, normally spreading, subcrisped and somewhat matted), more numerous flowers in the heads and slightly narrower pods.

Putative hybrids between A. ausfeldii and A. paradoxa have been reported.

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 ausfeldii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia ausfeldii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory