Acacias of Australia

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Acacia sphacelata Benth. subsp. sphacelata




Common from near Port Gregory S to Ongerup; also from the Southern Cross district, Ravensthorpe and near Peak Charles (Peak Charles is c. 95 km SW of Norseman), W.A.


Shrub to 1.5 m high. Branchlets glabrous or apices hirsutellous to antrorsely puberulous. Stipules normally caducous. Phyllodes scattered, rarely a few clustered or subverticillate (2 or 3 per node), mostly straight, terete to quadrangular, 6–25 mm long, (0.5–) 0.6–1.3 mm wide, normally glabrous; gland near or above middle of phyllode, 3–8 mm above base. Peduncles (3–) 5–10 mm long, rarely 3–4 mm; heads 22–50-flowered. Pods 3–5 mm wide. Seeds 2.5–4 mm long.


Grows in sand or laterite, commonly in heath, shrubland or mallee woodland. In the Darling Ra., E of Perth, it sometimes occurs in loam on granite outcrops.


W.A.: Nanson, A.M.Ashby 4510 (AD, PERTH); 23.5 km SSE of Peak Charles, M.A.Burgman & S.McNee 1481 (PERTH); Swan R., J.Drummond 299 (K, OXF, P, PERTH); 21 km E of Karalee on the Great Eastern Hwy, B.R.Maslin 1853 (AD, PERTH); 38 km E of Lesmurdie, B.R.Maslin 6189 (PERTH).


Phyllodes commonly superficially resemble those of A. quadrisulcata.

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