Acacias of Australia

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Acacia campylophylla Benth.




Scattered from Bolgart and Wyalkatchem S to near Corrigin, W.A.


Dense rigid shrub 0.1–0.6 m high. Branchlets ribbed and sometimes pruinose at extremities, glabrous. Stipules persistent, ascending to spreading, ±spinose, subulate to acicular, 0.5–1.5 mm long, rigid. Phyllodes ±continuous with branchlets but not forming cauline wings, spreading, strongly recurved, subterete to compressed, 10–20 (–25) mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, pungent, rigid, ±glaucous at first, glabrous except nerves micro-papillose, prominently 8‑nerved, 3-nerved per face when compressed. Inflorescences simple, 1 per axil; peduncles 8–12 (–14) mm long, glabrous; heads globular, 4–6 mm diam., 26–31-flowered; bracteoles spathulate, ±acuminate, dark brown, evident in buds. Flowers 5-merous; sepals free. Pods narrowly oblong, strongly raised over seeds, straight, to 3.7 cm long, 4–7.5 mm wide, ±chartaceous, glabrous. Seeds transverse, broadly elliptic, 2.5 mm long, dull, tan with ±darker mottling; aril subapical, crested.


Grows in often gravelly sand or loam or on laterite outcrops, in woodland or heath.


W.A.: 4 km N of Dowerin towards Cadoux, R.Cumming 1850 (CANB, PERTH); 18 km WNW of York, G.J.Keighery & J.Alford 172 (PERTH); c. 19 km S of Tammin, B.R.Maslin 602 (MEL, PERTH); 10 km N of Corrigin towards York, E.Pignatti 417 (PERTH).


The Drummond ‘n. 41 of some other set’ referred to as this species by G.Bentham, Fl. Austral. 2: 326 (1864), is A. acellerata, judging from a duplicate at Herb. NSW (sheet NSW216948).

Related most closely to A. chapmanii and A. curvata; similar in phyllodes to A. wilsonii.

FOA Reference

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


R.S.Cowan, B.R.Maslin

Minor edits by J.Reid