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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 betchei

Acacia betchei Maiden & Blakely, 1927 ("1926")

Racosperma betchei (Maiden & Blakely) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia betchei

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
New South Wales

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

Maiden, J.H. & Blakely, W.F., 1927 ("1926") Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 60:174.


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

Vernacular names
English: Red-tip Wattle

Acacia betchei, commonly known as red-tip wattle,[1] is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae endemic to eastern Australia.


The shrub typically grows to a height of 4 m (13 ft) with glabrous slender branchlets that have a dark red colour. The thin green straight to incurved phyllodes have a narrowly linear shape. The phyllodes have a length of 5 to 14 cm (2.0 to 5.5 in) and a width of 2 to 3 mm (0.079 to 0.118 in) with an obscure midrib.[1]

The species was first formally described by the botanists Joseph Maiden and William Blakely in 1927 as published in the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales. It was reclassified as Racosperma betchei in 1987 by Leslie Pedley then transferred back to the genus Acacia in 2001. It is often confused with Acacia adunca.[2]

It is found along the tablelands of the Great Dividing Range from north-eastern New South Wales from around Torrington in the south extending to south eastern Queensland to around Dalveen in the north. It is found in sandy granite based soils as a part of forest communities.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia betchei". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
"Acacia betchei Maiden & Blakely Red-Tip Wattle". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

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