Acacia amoena H.L.Wendl.

Boomerang Wattle

Comm. Acac. Aphyll. , 16, t. 4 (1820) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Neat, glabrous shrub 1–4m high; branchlets red-brown. Phyllodes mostly inclined to ascending, on raised stem projections, mostly oblanceolate, 3–8 cm long, 5–17 mm wide, glabrous, obtuse or acute, mucronate; midrib prominent, slightly asymmetric, pinnate veins indistinct; glands usually exserted, 2–4, the lowermost 3–10 mm above pulvinus. Raceme with rachis 1–6.5 cm long; peduncles 2–4 mm long, slender; heads globular, 6–12-flowered, bright golden; bracteoles dark brown, evident in buds. Flowers 5-merous; sepals more or less free. Pods linear, shallowly constricted between seeds, to 9 cm long, 5–6 mm wide, firmly chartaceous, dark brown to black, glabrous; seeds longitudinal, oblong to elliptic or ovate, 3.5–5 mm long, slightly shiny, black; funicle encircling seed in a single or sometimes double fold, pale red-brown, aril clavate. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

EGL, EGU, MonT, SnM. Also NSW. Restricted in Victoria to rain-shadowed catchments of the upper Snowy River, where it grows on rocky slopes and along watercourses in low open-forest.

Similar to small phyllode forms of A. rubida, but distinguished by its free sepals and phyllodes with 2–4 prominent glands.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Acacia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acacia amoena in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia amoena in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory