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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 kenneallyi

Acacia kenneallyi R.S.Cowan & Maslin, 1995

Racosperma kenneallyi (R.S.Cowan & Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia kenneallyi

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Maslin & Cowan, R.S., 1995. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium 10(1): 64.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia kenneallyi in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 05. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia kenneallyi. Published online. Accessed: Aug 05 2019. 2019. Acacia kenneallyi. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 05 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia kenneallyi. 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. Aug. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: Aug 05 {{{3}}}. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Acacia kenneallyi is a shrub or tree of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves that is endemic to north western Australia.


The spindly shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 2 to 7 metres (7 to 23 ft)[2] and has terete and glabrous branchlets that are often covered in a fine white powdery coating. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The glabrous, leathery and evergreen phyllodes have a narrowly elongate-elliptic to linear shape and are straight to slightly curved with a length of 15 to 25 cm (5.9 to 9.8 in) and a width of 6 to 14 mm (0.24 to 0.55 in) and have one prominent central nerve, with a second weaker longitudinal nerve occasionally present.[3] It blooms from May to June and produces yellow flowers.[2] The axillary or terminal inflorescences have spherical flower-heads with a diameter of about 5 mm (0.20 in) and contain 46 to 56 densely packed golden coloured flowers. The leathery to sub-woody seed pods that form after flowering have a linear shape and are flat and straight with a length of up to around 11 cm (4.3 in) and a width of 10 to 11 mm (0.39 to 0.43 in).[3]

The species is closely related to Acacia spectra and Acacia latescens as well as Acacia orthotropica to which it is superficially dissimilar.[3]

It is native to an area in the Kimberely, region of Western Australia where it is commonly situated in areas of sandstone or dolerite growing in skeletal sandy soils.[2] It is mostly found on the Bonaparte Archipelago and parts of the nearby mainland and also off-shore including on Heywood Island and Bigge Island as a part of Eucalyptus woodland communities.[3]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia kenneallyi R.S.Cowan & Maslin". GBIF.
"Acacia kenneallyi". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia kenneallyi R.S.Cowan & Maslin". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. Retrieved 30 November 2020.

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