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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 anaticeps

Acacia anaticeps Tindale

Contr. New South Wales Natl. Herb. 4(5): 269. 1972

Acacia anaticeps, also known as duck-headed wattle,[1] is a shrub or tree of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves. It is native to arid areas of north western Australia.


The glabrous shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 1 to 4 metres (3 to 13 ft)[2] but can be as high as 7 m (23 ft) and has corky, deeply furrowed gery coloured bark. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The green to grey-green to blue-green leathery textured phyllodes have an inequilaterally obovate-elliptic to duck's head shape and are broadest above the middle with a conspicuously rounded upper margin and a straight lower margin. The phyllodes are usually 4 to 9 cm (1.6 to 3.5 in) in length and 2 to 6 cm (0.79 to 2.36 in) wide with three to eight main longitudinal nerves with anastomosing minor nerves.[1] It blooms from April to June and produces yellow flowers.[2]

It is endemic to arid areas in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia where it is often situated on sand dunes and pindan country growing in red sandy or sandy-loamy soils.[2] The range of the plant extends from the northern boundary of the Pilbara region northwards to around Broome in the north west to around Lake Disappointment and Lake Gregory in the east and is sometimes found on heavier, sometimes saline, soils.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia anaticeps". Wattles of the Pilbara. Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
"Acacia anaticeps". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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