Acacias of Australia

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Acacia handonis Pedley

Common Name

Hando’s Wattle, Percy Grant Wattle




Extremely rare, known only from the Barakula area, N of Chinchilla, south-eastern Qld.


Resinous shrub to 2 m high. Branchlets finely ribbed below insertion of phyllodes; indumentum mostly of short scattered glandular hairs. Phyllodes crowded, sometimes subverticillate, erect, straight but slightly recurved at apex, probably subterete when fresh, ±depressed-triquetrous when dry, 6–18 mm long, c. 0.4 mm wide, excentrically mucronulate, with two indistinct longitudinally grooves when dry, asperulous-tuberculate; nerves not evident; gland minute, near middle of phyllode, often absent. Inflorescences simple, 1 per axil; peduncles 4–10 mm long, asperulous-tuberculate; heads globular, c. 30-flowered, bright yellow, viscid. Flowers 5-merous; sepals united to about the middle. Pods narrowly oblong, to 4 cm long, 3–4 mm wide, with prominent raised cartilaginous excrescences on valves. Seeds longitudinal, oblong, c. 4 mm long; aril clavate.


Flowers mainly July–Sept.


Grows in lateritic soil with grey sand or clayey silt with ironstone gravel, in gently undulating country, often on stony ridges, in eucalypt woodland and open forest.


Qld: Barakula State Forest, 12 Aug. 1979, V.Hando (BRI, NSW, PERTH).


Related to the ‘A. johnsonii group’ but readily distinguished by the distinctive pods with prominent excrescences on their valves. This character helps relate the species to A. glutinosissima and A. rossei from W.A.; A. sedifolia (also W.A.) seems not far removed from this group even though its pods do not have prominent excrescences. Phyllodes superficially similar to those of A. brunioides subsp. granitica.

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