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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 ampliceps

Acacia ampliceps Maslin, 1974

Racosperma ampliceps (Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia ampliceps

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

Maslin, B.R., 1974. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium. South Perth, W.A. 1:315.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia ampliceps 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 ampliceps. Published online. Accessed: Jul 24 2019. 2019. Acacia ampliceps. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 24.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia ampliceps. 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.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia ampliceps in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
English: Salt Wattle

Acacia ampliceps, also known as salt wattle,[1] is a shrub or tree belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae that is native to north western parts of Australia.


The bushy and glabrous shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 1.5 to 9 metres (5 to 30 ft).[2] It has pendulous, yellow-coloured and glabrous branchlets. The thin light green phyllodes are usually pendulous with a linear to lanceolate shape and have a length of 7 to 25 cm (2.8 to 9.8 in) and 7 to 30 mm (0.28 to 1.18 in) width.[1] It blooms from May to August and produces cream flowers.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1974 as part of the work Studies in the genus Acacia Miscellaneous new phyllodinous species as published in the journal Nuytsia. It was reclassified as Racosperma ampliceps by Leslie Pedley in 2003 then transferred back to the genus Acacia in 2006.[3]

It is endemic to an area in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia where it occurs along watercourses and in floodplains, on coastal sand dunes and salt flats growing in sandy soils.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia ampliceps Salt Wattle". World Wide Wattle. CSIRO publishing. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
"Acacia ampliceps". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
"Acacia ampliceps Maslin". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 24 March 2019.

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