Acacias of Australia

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Acacia buxifolia A.Cunn. subsp. buxifolia




Scattered from Stanthorpe, Qld, S through N.S.W. and A.C.T. to Warby Ra. near Wangaratta and Omeo, Vic.


Shrub to 2 m high, sometimes 3–4 m. Branchlets not pruinose. Phyllodes oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic or narrowly oblong-elliptic, 1–3 cm long, usually 2–6 mm wide, normally acute to subacute, green to ±glaucous; gland often absent from some phyllodes. Racemes normally 1–3 cm long, axes and peduncles glabrous; heads 7–8 mm diam. at anthesis (fresh), 7–12-flowered. Calyx 1/3–2/5 length of corolla, the tube glabrous to subglabrous. Pods 5–7 mm wide.


Grows in a variety of habitats but commonly on rocky ridges in open scrub or Eucalyptus forest or woodland.


Qld: New England Hwy, near Stanthorpe council tip, W.J.F.McDonald 387 (BRI). N.S.W.: Mt Naman, Warrumbungle Ra., A.Cassey (NSW178649); Mundoonen Nature Reserve, 15 km E of Yass on Hume Hwy to Goulburn, B.R.Maslin 5889A (NSW, PERTH). A.C.T.: E slopes of Black Mtn, R.D.Hoogland 8558 (AD, C, MO, PERTH). Vic.: The Bowen Mtns, N end of Splitters Ra. road, A.C.Beauglehole 36868 (MEL).


Some specimens from Vic. have unusually wide phyllodes to 1 cm (e.g. Beechworth Gorge, E.M.Canning CBG28854, CANB).

The dwarf variant from Splitters Ck, Vic., noted under A. buxifolia subsp. buxifolia by B.R.Maslin, Fl. Australia 11A: 341 (2001) is now described as A. tabula. Other dwarf taxa, A. infecunda and A. nanopravissima, also occur at Splitters Ck.

Sometimes resembles A. pravissima hybrids (north-eastern Vic.) in phyllode shape and size but these have more angled branchlets and a prominent gland.

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 B.R.Maslin, J.Reid & J.Rogers