Acacia enterocarpa R.V.Sm.

Jumping-jack Wattle

Victorian Naturalist 73: 171 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Dense, rounded, sprawling shrub to 1.5 m high; branchlets slightly angled to terete with prominent, minutely asperate ribs, glabrous. Phyllodes spreading, subsessile, subterete to compressed, 2–4.5 cm long, 1–1.3 mm wide, rigid, straight to slightly curved, minutely asperate, glabrous, sometimes viscid, pungent; main veins 10–12, distant, raised. Peduncles 3–5 mm long, 1–4 per node, with appressed, minute hairs; heads globular, 3.5–4.5 mm diam., c. 20-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals free. Pods intestine-like, zigzag, bent c. 5 times, slightly raised over and constricted between seeds, to c. 2 cm long and 2 mm wide, coriaceous, with sparse appressed, minute hairs, brown with thickened, yellow margins; seeds longitudinal, oblong to elliptic, c. 3 mm long, dull, dark brown to black; aril apical. Flowers Jul.–Sep.

LoM, Wim. Also SA. Restricted in Victoria to an area west of Nhill. Throughout its range it grows on a variety of soils in open-forest and woodland.

Differs from A. nyssophylla and A. colletioides in having minutely asperate ribs on branchlets and phyllodes, as well as strongly zigzag legumes.

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 enterocarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia enterocarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory