Acacia cyclops A.Cunn. ex G.Don

Gen. Hist. 2: 404 (1832) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Dense, bushy shrub or small tree, 1–6 m high; branches spreading from near the base often obscuring the stem; branchlets slightly angular or subterete, glabrous. Phyllodes ascending, narrowly oblong to elliptic or obovate, 4–9.5 cm, long, 6–15 mm wide, straight to curved, coriaceous, glabrous, obtuse or acute, apiculate; main veins 3–4, distant, with numerous secondary veins occasionally anatomosing. Racemes usually 2-headed, rachis 3–20 mm long; peduncles 4–12 mm long, glabrous or minutely pubescent; heads globular, 5–7 mm diam., c. 60–75-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals half to three-quarters united. Pods linear, to 15 cm long, 7–15 mm wide, thick-coriaceous, straight before dehiscence, becoming twisted and persisting after seed-fall, glabrous; seeds longitudinal, elliptic, 5–7 mm long, glossy, dark brown to black; funicle fleshy, orange to scarlet, twice encircling seeds. Flowers Dec.–Mar.  

*GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *WaP, *Wim. Native to coastal regions of Western Australia and South Australia, often grown elsewhere as a wind-break or for dune stabilisation in coastal areas. Populations of this species have naturalised in a few coastal and sandy inland sites, mainly in southern and western Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-02-26
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 cyclops in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia cyclops in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory