Acacia saligna (Labill.) H.L.Wendl.

Orange Wattle

Comm. Acac. Aphyll. 26 (1820) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrub or tree, usually 2–6 m high; branchlets glabrous, often glaucous when young. Phyllodes often pendulous, linear to lanceolate, usually 8–25 cm long and 4–20 mm wide (often considerably larger towards base of plant), usually tapering towards base and apex, straight or falcate, green to glaucous, glabrous, acute; pinnately veined, midrib prominent; gland at or near distal end of pulvinus; pulvinus 1–2(–3)mm long. Raceme with rachis 0.3–3(–6) cm long, glabrous; peduncles 5–15 mm long, glabrous; heads globular, 25–55-flowered (rarely more), bright orange-yellow; bracteoles minutely fimbriate. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united. Pods linear, usually 8–12 cm long, 4–6 mm wide, glabrous, margins slightly thickened; seeds longitudinal, oblong to elliptic, usually 5–6 mm long, shiny, dark brown to black, funicle short, aril clavate. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

*CVU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *OtP, *OtR, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, Tas; native to WA. Widespread garden-escape in Victoria.

See notes under Acacia pycnantha.

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, 2019-04-11
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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 saligna in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia saligna in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory