Acacias of Australia

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Acacia saxatilis S.Moore




Occurs in scattered localities from near Kalbarri, S about 300 km to near Coorow and SE to Bruce Rock and near Cramphorne, W.A.


Glabrous shrub to 1.5 m high. Branchlets compressed-angular at extremities. Stipules caducous. Phyllodes ascending to erect, narrowly oblong, 1.5–4 cm long, 4–7 mm wide, l:w = 4–8, obtuse, with inconspicuous mucro, often slightly thickened, somewhat glaucous with grey-white cuticle at least when dry; midrib not prominent; lateral nerves ±absent; marginal nerve discrete; gland inconspicuous, 1–2 mm above pulvinus. Inflorescences 2‑headed rudimentary racemes 0.5–1 mm long; peduncles 8–15 (–20) mm long; heads globular, 4–6.5 mm diam., 27–35-flowered, golden. Flowers 5-merous; sepals free. Pods linear, raised over seeds, curved to once-coiled, to 4 cm long, 2.5–3 mm wide, slightly undulate, firmly chartaceous, slightly pruinose, glabrous. Seeds longitudinal, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 2–2.5 mm long, glossy; aril clavate, c. 3/4 length of seed, cream.


Grows in sandy loam and clay loam, in Eucalyptus (mallee) woodland.


W.A.: 18 km E of Kalbarri, Dec. 1980, D.R. & B.Bellairs s.n. (PERTH); 5 km SW of Cadoux towards Wongan Hills, R.J.Cumming 2316 (MELU, PERTH); 8 km E of Merredin–Narembeen road towards Cramphorne, B.R.Maslin 2375 (PERTH).


Related to A. blaxellii and A. evenulosa.

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