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Acacia bakeri leaves

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 bakeri

Acacia bakeri Maiden, 1895
Native distribution areas:
Acacia bakeri

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

Maiden, J.H. , 1895. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 20:337.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia bakeri 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 26. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia bakeri. Published online. Accessed: Jul 26 2019. 2019. Acacia bakeri. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 26.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia bakeri. 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 26 {{{3}}}. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia bakeri in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
English: Baker's Wattle, Marblewood

Acacia bakeri, known as the marblewood, white marblewood, Baker's wattle or scrub wattle,[1] is one of the largest of all acacias, growing to 40 m (130 ft) tall. It is a long-lived climax rainforest tree from eastern Australia. Unlike most acacias, fire is not required for seed germination. This tree is considered vulnerable to extinction. Its former habitat is lowland sub tropical rainforest which has been mostly cleared in the 19th and 20th centuries.[2]


The tree is found with heights of 5 to 40 m (16 to 131 ft) but must often is found with a height of around 8 m (26 ft)[2] and has an erect to spreading habit. The grey to greyish brown coloured bark is finely fissured or sometimes smooth. It has reddish coloured, terete and glabrous branchlets. Like most Acacias it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The evergreen phyllodes have an elliptic to broadly elliptic shape and are straight to slightly curved with a length of 5 to 10 cm (2.0 to 3.9 in) and a width of 15 to 50 mm (0.59 to 1.97 in) and have three to four prominent veins. It usually flowers in the spring and produces inflorescences that appear singly on the raceme axis. The spherical flower-heads have a diameter of 3 to 5 mm (0.12 to 0.20 in) and contain 15 to 30 pale yellow to cream-coloured flowers. The firmly papery to thinly leathery seed pods that form after flowering are straight or curved and flat but can be constricted between the seeds. The pods are 5 to 6 cm (2.0 to 2.4 in) in length and 10 to 16 mm (0.39 to 0.63 in) wide containing longitudinally arranged seeds. [1] The sub-shiny dark brown seeds are flattened and have an oblong to broadly elliptic shape and a length of 6 to 10 mm (0.24 to 0.39 in).[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Joseph Maiden in 1896 as part of the work A giant Acacia from the Brunswick River as published in the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. It was reclassified as Racosperma bakeri by Leslie Pedley in 1987 the transferred back to genus Acacia in 2001.[3] The specific epithet honours Richard Thomas Baker who worked for the Sydney Technological Museum and collected the type specimen.[1] It is thought to be allied with Acacia binervata and part of a group of species closely related Acacia rothii.[2]

The natural range of distribution is from Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby in north eastern New South Wales to around the Burrum River in the Maryborough of south eastern Queensland[2] where it is commonly a part of wet sclerophyll Eucalyptus forest and rainforest communities.[1] It grows usually in lowland areas with volcanic and alluvial soils.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia bakeri Maiden". PlantNet. Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
"Acacia bakeri Maiden". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2019.

"Acacia bakeri Maiden Baker's Wattle". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 22 August 2019.

Floyd, A. G. (1989). Rainforest Trees of Mainland South-eastern Australia (1st ed.). Port Melbourne: Elsevier Australia - Inkata Imprint, copyright Forestry Commission of New South Wales (published 1 December 1989). p. 210. ISBN 0-909605-57-2. Retrieved 25 July 2009. (other publication details, included in citation)

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