Acacia notabilis F.Muell.

Stiff Golden-wattle

Fragm. 1: 6 (1858) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Bushy spreading shrub to 3 m high; branchlets glabrous, dark red-brown. Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate or narrowly oblanceolate, 6–13 cm long, 8–25 mm wide, coriaceous, glabrous, grey-green to glaucous, usually obtuse; midrib and marginal veins prominent, lateral veins obscure; pulvinus 2–6 mm long; gland normally 0–3 mm above pulvinus. Raceme with rachis 2–6 cm long, robust, glabrous; peduncles 2.5–6 mm long, stout, glabrous; heads globular, 27–36-flowered, bright golden; bracteole lamina evident in buds, dark brown to black, white-fimbriate. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united. Pods narrowly oblong, to 7 cm long, 8–13 mm wide, firmly chartaceous to slightly coriaceous, raised on opposite sides over alternate seeds, glabrous, stalked; seeds transverse, oblong-elliptic, 4–7 mm long; funicle encircling seed, dark red-brown, aril clavate. Flowers Sep.

MuF, MuM, VRiv, *DunT. Also SA, NSW. In Victoria, known only from 2 disjunct locations: in Eucalyptus camaldulensis woodland near Nathalia, and in mallee woodland of the western Sunset Country (south of Werrimull). However, the origin status of the plants near Nathalia is uncertain, and the population may not be natural. Recently a small population of self-established plants beside a roadside fence plantation was found c. 1.4 km from the known population. The habitat of the plants near Nathalia is on a bank above a creek, in Eucalyptus melliodora and Eucalyptus camaldulensis woodland, which is in stark contrast to the plants in the western Sunset Country, which often grow in red sandy soil in mallee vegetation. Recently a small population of plants has been found at Wartook State Forest, where they are believed not to be indigenous in origin.

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: Val Stajsic, 2016-07-22
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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 notabilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia notabilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present cultivated
Murray Fans present native
Dundas Tablelands present introduced

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