Acacia rubida A.Cunn.

Red-stem Wattle

in B.Field, Geogr. Mem. New South Wales 344 (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or tree, usually 1.5–5m high, juvenile bipinnate leaves often persistent; branchlets red to reddish-brown, usually glabrous. Phyllodes narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, 5–20 cm long, 5–25 mm wide, falcately recurved to straight, green to somewhat glaucous, normally drying reddish at least on margins and midrib, narrowed at base, acuminate to obtuse; midrib prominent, obscurely pinnately veined; gland 1–4 cm above pulvinus, margin often shallowly indented at gland which is sometimes connected to midrib by a fine oblique vein. Raceme with rachis usually 2–7 cm long, glabrous or with appressed, minute hairs; peduncles usually 2–4 mm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy; heads globular, 10–20-flowered, light golden; bracteole lamina circular, dark brown, densely white-fimbriate, evident in buds. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united. Pods linear or partly to entirely moniliform, 5–12 cm long, 5–8 mm wide, chartaceous to thinly coriaceous, glabrous, lightly pruinose; seeds longitudinal, oblong, 4–5.5 mm long, slightly shiny, dark brown to black; funicle encircling seed in single or double fold, dark red-brown. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

CVU, EGL, EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, RobP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Common in hills and mountains of north-eastern Victoria, mostly on drier soils. A collection from Robinvale in the north-west requires confirmation.

Although Acacia rubida is usually an upright shrub or tree, 1.5–5 m high, it may reach 13 m or more. Its phyllodes are rather variable in shape and size but often large, falcately recurved, broadest near the middle and obviously narrowed at both ends. Specimens with phyllodes straight, oblanceolate, sometimes only 4-5 cm long and rather abruptly narrowed at apex, occur throughout the range and may resemble A. amoena.

See notes under A. falciformis.

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, 2019-02-12
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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 rubida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia rubida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory