Acacia dictyocarpa Benth.

Linnaea 26: 616 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Rounded shrub 1–3 m high; branches with appressed hairs; new shoots usually golden hairy. Phyllodes usually slightly asymmetrically oblong-elliptic to oblong-obovate or obovate, 1.3–2.5(–3.0) cm long, 4–10(–12) mm wide, mostly 2–3 times as long as wide, indumentum of moderate to dense appressed hairs, becoming sparse with age, grey-green, obtuse to subacute; 1-veined, lateral veins not prominent; gland small, approx. one third to mid-way along upper margin. Inflorescence 1–5-headed, rachis 0.5–5 mm long, pubescent; peduncles slender 4–15 mm long, with hirsute antrorse hairs; heads 15–30-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merious; sepals variably dissected. Pods linear to narrowly oblong, sometimes constricted between seeds, chartaceous, glabrous, dark brown or black, lightly pruinose; seeds not seen. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

LoM, MuM, Wim. Also SA. Scattered in far western and north-western Victoria in mallee and heathy woodland on deep sand or shallow sand over loam soils.

Previously regarded as a variant of Acacia brachybotrya and similar in almost all aspects to that species, but differing in the appressed hairs on new shoots and leaves that are often golden or silvery.

Specimens with golden new shoots may resemble A. argyrophylla (see notes under that species) and in some cases hybridity is suspected.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-03-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-27
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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 dictyocarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia dictyocarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native