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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 asparagoides

Acacia asparagoides A.Cunn., 1825

Racosperma asparagoides (A.Cunn.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia asparagoides

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
New South Wales, Queensland

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

Cunningham, A. in B. Field, 1825. Geographical Memoirs on New South Wales 343. 1825


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia asparagoides 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 asparagoides. Published online. Accessed: Jul 25 2019. 2019. Acacia asparagoides. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 25.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia asparagoides. 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.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia asparagoides in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names

Acacia asparagoides is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae. It is native to an area in south eastern New South Wales.


The shrub has an erect or spreading habit and typically to a height of 0.3 to 2 m (1 ft 0 in to 6 ft 7 in). It has glabrous or finely haired branchlets that are more or less terete with stipules that are 1 to 2 mm (0.039 to 0.079 in). The green, rigid and clustered phyllodes sometimes clustered are straight and linear with a length of 0.8 to 1.5 cm (0.31 to 0.59 in) and a width of 1 to 2 mm (0.039 to 0.079 in). It blooms mostly between August and October producing inflorescences that occur singly in axils and have spherical flower-heads with a diameter of 4 to 6 mm (0.16 to 0.24 in) containing 15 to 30 bright yellow flowers. The flat, smooth, brittle and papery seed pods. The pods have a length of 1.5 to 5 cm (0.59 to 1.97 in) and a width of 2.5 to 4 mm (0.098 to 0.157 in).[1]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Allan Cunningham in 1825 as part of the work On the Botany of the Blue Mountains, Geographical Memoirs on New South Wales.[2][3] It was reclassified as Racosperma asparagoides by Leslie Pedley in 2003 then transferred back into the genus Acacia in 2006.[4] The specific epithet is taken from the resemblance of the shrub to some species of asparagus.[1]

The shrub is found between Newnes Junction and Lawson in the Blue Mountains where it grows in sandy soils over and around sandstone s a part of dry sclerophyll forest less frequently heath-land communities.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia asparagoides A.Cunn". PlantNet. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
"Acacia asparagoides". Australian Plant Name Index, IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
Cunningham, A. (1825). "On the Botany of the Blue Mountains.". In Field, B. (ed.). Geographical Memoirs on New South Wales. p. 343.
"Acacia asparagoides A.Cunn". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 8 April 2019.

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