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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 alcockii

Acacia alcockii Maslin & Whibley, 1987

Racosperma alcockii (Maslin & Whibley) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia alcockii

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
South Australia

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

Roger, B.R. & Whibley, D.J.E., 1987. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium 6(1): 19.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia alcockii 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 alcockii. Published online. Accessed: Jul 24 2019. 2019. Acacia alcockii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 24.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia alcockii. 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 alcockii, also known as Alcock's wattle, is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae endemic to South Australia.[1]

The suckering, bushy shrub typically grows to a height of 3 metres (10 ft). The glabrous branchlets are a dark reddish colour. The thin green phyllodes have a narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate shape with a length of 6 to 9 cm (2.4 to 3.5 in) and a width of 8 to 21 mm (0.31 to 0.83 in). The inflorescences occur on five to eleven headed racemes. The spherical flower-heads contain 25 to 40 pale yellow flowers. The flat straight edged seed pods that form after flowering have an oblong to narrowly oblong shape with a length of up to 9 cm (3.5 in) and a width of 8 to 17 mm (0.31 to 0.67 in). The dull black seeds inside have an oblong to elliptic shape and are 5 to 6 mm (0.20 to 0.24 in) in length.[2]

The specific epithet honours C.R.Alcock who was a plant collector wee known for the specimens he collected on the Eyre Peninsula including the first collection of A. alcockii.[1]

It is native to southern parts of the Eyre Peninsula on the south west coast between Mount Dutton and Mount Drummond. On the south east coast the shrub is found between Billy Light Point close to Port Lincoln to the Lincoln National Park[2] where it grows in sandy soils over limestone and sometimes in skeletal soils above granite.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia alcockii (Leguminosae) Alcock's Wattle". Seeds of South Australia. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
"Acacia alcockii". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 5 April 2019.

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