Acacia farinosa Lindl.

Mealy Wattle

in T.Mitch., Three Exped. Australia, edn 1, 2: 145 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Rounded shrub, 1–2 m high; branchlets terete with low ridges, glabrous except nodes which have appressed, minute hairs. Phyllodes oblanceolate to linear-oblanceolate, commonly 2–7 cm long, 2–6 mm wide, rigid, slightly curved, thick-fleshy, with appressed, minute hairs on pulvinus and blade-base, apex rounded-obtuse, minutely callose-mucronate; main veins 2–7, immersed to slightly raised, distant, with secondary veins often appearing as irregular, incomplete lines. Peduncles mostly 2–4 mm long, with appressed, minute hairs; heads globular, 3.5–4 mm diam., 7–17-flowered, golden, subtended by c. 5 thick, ovate, acute, sterile bracteoles at or near peduncle apex (those in heads peltate-spathulate). Flowers 5-merous; sepals free, white-resinous. Pod linear, to 6 cm long, 2–3 mm wide, crustaceous, rigid, curved and twisted, glabrous; seeds longitudinal, elliptic, 3.5–4 mm long, black, funicle fleshy, aril small, apical. Flowers Jul.–Nov.

Glep, GGr, LoM, MuM, Wim. Also SA. Scattered through western Victoria between about Edenhope and Swan Hill, mostly in sand and loam in shrubland and woodland, often associated with Eucalyptus incrassata.

Related to A. dawsonii which has linear phyllodes and the flower heads in short racemes with the heads subtended by an involucre-like ring of thick, fleshy, semicircular bracteoles.

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 farinosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia farinosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present cultivated

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory