Fine Art

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 adoxa
Varieties: A. adoxa var. subglabra

Acacia adoxa Pedley, 1972

Racosperma adoxum (Pedley) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia adoxa

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Northern Territory, Western Australia

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

Pedley, L., 1972. Contributions from the Queensland Herbarium 11: 6 (1972).


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia adoxa 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 24. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia adoxa. Published online. Accessed: Jul 24 2019. 2019. Acacia adoxa. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 24.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia adoxa. 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 24 {{{3}}}. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Acacia adoxa, commonly known as the grey-whorled wattle, is a species of plant in the legume family that is native to northern Australia.[1]


It grows as a procumbent or spreading shrub typically growing to a height of 0.7 to 1.2 metres (2.3 to 3.9 ft) in height.[1] The stems can be glabrous or have small erect hairs present and with linear stipules that are 0.8 to 1.2 millimetres (0.031 to 0.047 in) long. The phyllodes occur in grouped whorls with six to ten present in each group. Each flattened or slightly recurved phyllode is around 2 to 5 mm (0.079 to 0.197 in) in length.[2] It produces yellow flowers from April to October.[1] The inflorescences are made up of globular flower-heads made up of 25 to 35 flowers. Following flowering sessile seed pods form that are 25 to 60 mm (1.0 to 2.4 in) long and 6 to 7 mm (0.236 to 0.276 in) wide. The pods contain oblong seeds around 4 mm (0.157 in) in length.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Leslie Pedley in 1972 as part of the work A revision of Acacia lycopodiifolia A. Cunn. ex Hook. and its Allies as published in Contributions from the Queensland Herbarium. Leslie later reclassified the species in 2003 as Racosperma adoxum but it was transferred back to the genus Acacia in 2006.[3]
Distribution and habitat

It occurs on red sand soils, ironstone gravel, and stony plains. In Western Australia it is found in the Central Kimberley, Dampierland, Gascoyne, Great Sandy Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Northern Kimberley, Ord Victoria Plain, Pilbara and Tanami IBRA bioregions.[1] It is also found in the central western parts of the Northern Territory.[2]

Edible grubs are found among the rootstock and the seeds are often harvested by ants.[4]

A. adoxa var. adoxa
A. adoxa var. subglabra

See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia adoxa". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
"Acacia adoxa". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
"Acacia adoxa". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
"Acacia adoxa". Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

Plants, Fine Art Prints

Plants Images

Biology Encyclopedia

Retrieved from ""
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

Home - Hellenica World