Acacias of Australia

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Acacia cuthbertsonii Luehm. subsp. cuthbertsonii




Widespread from inland of Shark Bay and Kalbarri, W.A., eastward to S of Tennant Creek, central N.T.


Phyllodes elliptic to narrowly elliptic or linear-elliptic, flat, 3–8.5 cm long, 3–10 (–20) mm wide, l:w = 2.5–14; central nerve the most evident; lateral nerves when present longitudinally orientated and sometimes sparingly to moderately anastomosing. Seeds broadly elliptic, 7.5 mm long.


Commonly in stony sand along creeks and drainage lines, often on hillocks but also on plains, mostly with mulga and spinifex.


W.A.: Wiluna Rd, 80 km W of Carnegie, U.Johnson 41 (K, NSW, PERTH); Mt James Stn, 53 km N of Landor HS on track to Mt Augustus Stn, B.R.Maslin 5189a (PERTH); 30.5 km N of Gordon Downs Stn, R.A.Perry & M.Lazarides 2439 (CANB n.v., NSW, PERTH). N.T.: 77 km N of Aileron, Stuart Hwy, J.R.Maconochie 976 (DNA, NSW, PERTH); 270 km N Alice Springs, 16 km S Barrow Ck, J.R.Maconochie 2502 (CANB, DNA, PERTH).


There is considerable variation in phyllode width and shape with very narrow phyllode forms approaching subsp. linearis whose phyllodes are much longer in relation to their width.

Acacia levata was formerly confused with this subspecies.

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