Acacia phasmoides J.H.Willis

Phantom Wattle

Muelleria 1: 121 (1967) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Open shrub 1–4m high, stems silvery-grey, branches slender, hairs scattered, appressed, short, straight and silvery. Phyllodes distant, narrowly linear, 5–11 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, flat or (especially near base) quadrangular, incurved to twisted, glabrous to subglabrous, midrib prominent, roughened with minute papillae on margins and midrib. Heads 2 per axil, obloid to globular, c. 0.5–1 cm long, sessile; rachis densely hairy. Flowers 4-merous, light golden; sepals united, glabrous. Pods submoniliform, to 9 cm long, 2.5–4.5 mm wide, thinly coriaceous, curved to sigmoid, longitudinally veined, with scattered, appressed white hairs when young, subglabrous at maturity; seeds irregularly developed, subshiny, aril terminal. Flowers Nov.–Dec

HNF, NIS. Also NSW. Extremely localized species, known only from Pine Mountain in Victoria and c. 35 km away in the Dora Dora state Forest, New South Wales. At Pine Moutain it grows among granite rocks in sheltered gullies.

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 phasmoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia phasmoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present cultivated
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory