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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 areolata

Acacia areolata M.W.McDonald, 2003

Racosperma areolatum (M.W.McDonald) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia areolata

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

McDonald, M.W., 2003. Austral. Syst. Bot. 16(2): 142.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia areolata 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 25. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia areolata. Published online. Accessed: Jul 25 2019. 2019. Acacia areolata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 25.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia areolata. 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 25 {{{3}}}. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Acacia areolata is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Juliflorae that is endemic to north western Australia.


The shrub typically grows to a height of around 3 metres (10 ft)[1] and has a spreading habit. Sometimes it grows as a tree up to around 8 m (26 ft) and is rarely prostrate. It has grey-brown coloured bark and has a fissured texture and resinous and glabrous new shoots with a rusty-brown colour. The mildly flattened and glabrous branchlets have a grey or reddish colour and are often covered in a fine white powdery coating. Like many species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The green pyllodes are also often covered in a white powdery coating and have a straight and dimidiately elliptic shape that are sometimes straight and symmetrically broad-elliptic. The glabrous phyllodes have a length of 6 to 16 cm (2.4 to 6.3 in) and a width of 20 to 40 mm (0.79 to 1.57 in) and have three to five prominent longitudinal veins.[2] It blooms in September producing yellow flowers.[1]

It is native to an area of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.[1] The range of the shrub extends from around Cape Londonderry in the north down to around the Carson Escarpment in the south in the northern Kimberley. It usually grows in lateritic based or sandstone based soils as a part of open woodland communities.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia areolata". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
"Acacia areolata". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. Retrieved 9 March 2020.

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