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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 benthamii

Acacia benthamii Meisn., 1844

Racosperma benthamii (Meisn.) Pedley


Acacia benthamii Rochebr. = Vachellia nilotica subsp. kraussiana (Benth.) Kyal. & Boatwr.

Native distribution areas:
Acacia benthamii

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Meisner, C.D.F. in J. G. C. Lehmann, 1844. Plantae Preissianae 1:11.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia benthamii 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 benthamii. Published online. Accessed: Jul 26 2019. 2019. Acacia benthamii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 26.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia benthamii. 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 benthamii in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names

Acacia benthamii is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves. It is native to an area along the west coast in the Perth metropolitan region and Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.[1]


The shrub typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 metres (3 to 10 ft).[1] It has ribbed glabrous branchlets with new shoots that are minutely woolly and with caducous stipules with a length of 1.5 to 2 mm (0.059 to 0.079 in). The pungent linear green phyllodes are attenuate at both ends and commonly inequilateral and have a length of 2 to 4.5 cm (0.79 to 1.77 in) and a width of 2 to 4 mm (0.079 to 0.157 in) with two or three main nerves per face.[2] It blooms from August to September and produces yellow flowers.[1] The spherical flower-heads have a diameter of 5 mm (0.20 in) and contain 27 to 35 golden flowers that are sharply inflexed.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Carl Meissner in 1844 in the Johann Georg Christian Lehmann work Plantae Preissianae.[3][4] It was reclassified as Racosperma benthamii by Leslie Pedley in 2003, but returned to the genus Acacia in 2006.[3] It is closely related to Acacia sessilis and closely resembles Acacia cochlearis.[2]

The specific epithet, benthamii, honours George Bentham.[4][5]

It is endemic to the west of Western Australia from around Dandaragan in the north[1] to around Subiaco in the south and is commonly found on limestone breakaways.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia benthamii". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
"Acacia benthamii Meisn". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Department of the Environment and Energy. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
"Acacia benthamii Meisn". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
Meisner, C.D.F. in Lehmann, J.G.C. (ed.) (1844) Leguminosae. Plantae Preissianae 1(1): 11. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
benthamii Retrieved 27 July 2019

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