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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Caesalpinioideae
Tribus: Acacieae
Genus: Acacia
Species: Acacia acanthaster
Name

Acacia acanthaster Maslin, 1999
Synonyms

Racosperma acanthaster (Maslin) Pedley

Distribution
Native distribution areas:
Acacia acanthaster

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

References
Primary references

Maslin, B.R., 1980. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium 12(3): 312.

Links

Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia acanthaster in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Jul 23. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia acanthaster. Published online. Accessed: Jul 23 2019.
Tropicos.org 2019. Acacia acanthaster. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 23.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia acanthaster. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. Jul. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: Jul 23 {{{3}}}. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Acacia acanthaster is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae. It is native to an area in the Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions of Western Australia.[1]

The prostrate, sprawling and spiny shrub typically grows to a height of 0.1 to 0.6 metres (0 to 2 ft) and a width of 1.5 metres (5 ft).[1] The phyllodes are flat and linear with a length of 3 to 8 millimetres (0.12 to 0.31 in) and 0.5 to 1 mm (0.020 to 0.039 in) wide and narrow toward the base.[2] It blooms from August to October and produces yellow flowers.[1] The simple inflorescences have globular heads globular with a diameter of 3 to 3.5 mm (0.118 to 0.138 in)composed of 18 to 27 flowers. It later forms seed pods that are strongly arcuate to loosely coiled in shape. The pods are approximately 35 mm (1.378 in) long and 2 mm (0.079 in) wide containing longitudinal, elliptic seeds.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1999 in the article Acacia miscellany 16. The taxonomy of fifty-five species of Acacia, primarily Western Australian, in section Phyllodineae (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) as published in the journal Nuytsia. The only synonym is Racosperma acanthaster.[3]

The tree is found as part of Eucalyptus woodland or mallee shrubland communities. It has a discontinuous distribution with the bulk of the population locatedg between Dumbleyung, Lake King and Narembeen where it grows in sand, sandy clay, and granitic loam soils.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species

References

"Acacia acanthaster". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
"Acacia acanthaster Maslin, Nuytsia 12: 312 (1999)". World Wide Wattle. Department of Parks and Wildlife. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
"Acacia acanthaster Maslin". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 9 March 2018.

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