Acacia dealbata subsp. dealbata

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Description as for species but usually a tall shrub or tree to 30 m high. New growth variably waxy, but rarely strongly pruinose. Leaves 5–14 cm long with pinnae 1.5–5.5 cm long, pinnules 1.5–6 mm long in 19–68 pairs. Flowers commonly pale yellow, occasionally bright yellow. Flowers mostly Aug.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP. Also WA (naturalised), SA (naturalised), NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread in wetter mountain forests, often a component of secondary canopy in taller eucalypt (e.g. E. regnans) stands. Entering lowlands to near sea-level along creeks and rivers (e.g. Yarra River near Melbourne) and areas where taller forests meet the coast (e.g. Otways).

Apparent intermediates exist between subsp. dealbata and subsp. subalpina, and some clonal populations of subsp. dealbata developing from root-suckers appear to be naturally of short stature and have probably sometimes been misnterpreted as subsp. subalpina which appears to be confined in Victoria to areas close to the NSW border (e.g. Bonang-Bendoc area).

The bark of trees in wet forests is characteristically patterned by blotches of white crustose lichens (e.g. Pertusaria).

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-08-18
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-09-21
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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 dealbata subsp. dealbata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acacia dealbata subsp. dealbata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields 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
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory