Acacias of Australia

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Acacia anomala C.A.Gardner ex Court

Common Name

Chittering Grass Wattle




Restricted to a few disjunct populations in the Darling Ra. from near Chittering S to Pickering Brook, W.A.


Erect rush-like subshrub, 0.2–0.45 m high, few- or several-stemmed from base, sometimes with a few bipinnate leaves persistent near base of stems. Upper stems narrowly winged and resembling A. applanata, glabrous. Phyllodes few, sometimes absent, linear to ±narrowly elliptic, (1.6–) 4–10 cm long, 2–6 (–8) mm wide, sometimes with smaller subtending inflorescences, acute to mucronate, green, glabrous; midrib central or excentric; pulvinus 0.5–1 mm long. Inflorescences simple; peduncles 1–4 mm long, glabrous; basal bracts persistent, conspicuous; spikes mostly 1–3 cm long, golden; bracteoles caducous, scarious, acuminate, dark brown, prominent in buds. Flowers mostly 5‑merous; sepals c. 1/2-united or more into an irregularly lobed calyx. Pods linear, to 5 cm long, 3–4 mm wide, crustaceous, glabrous; margins thick. Seeds longitudinal, oblong, 2.5 mm long; aril curved or once-folded.


Confined to lateritic soils in eucalypt woodland.


W.A.: [precise localities withheld for conservation reasons], Bullsbrook area, B.R.Maslin s.n. (PERTH); Kalamunda, S.D.Hopper 2488 (PERTH); Pickering Brook area, 26 Sept. 1989, J.L.Robson (PERTH).


Vegetatively resembling and sometimes sympatric with A. applanata which is readily distinguished by its globular flower-heads and wider pods.

Population genetic studies using isozyme techniques show that the northern populations reproduce sexually whereas the southern populations appear to be clonal, reproducing almost exclusively by root suckering, fide D.J.Coates, Austral. J. Bot. 36: 273–286 (1988).


Gazetted a rare species in W.A.

FOA Reference

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volumes 11A (2001), 11B (2001) and 12 (1998), products of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia


Minor edits by J.Rogers