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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 cataractae

Acacia cataractae Tindale & Kodela, Telopea 5(1) 56. 1992

Racosperma cataractae (Tindale & Kodela) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia cataractae

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Northern Territory

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

Tindale, M.D. & Kodela, P.G. 1992. New species of Acacia (Fabaceae : Mimosoideae) from tropical Australia. Telopea 5(1) 53–66. DOI: 10.7751/telopea19924961Reference page. (see page 56)


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia cataractae 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 28. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia cataractae. Published online. Accessed: Jul 28 2019. 2019. Acacia cataractae. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 28.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia cataractae. 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 28 {{{3}}}. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Acacia cataractae is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Juliflorae that is native to northern Australia.


The shrub typically grows to a maximum height of 2 m (6 ft 7 in) and has fibrous brown coloured bark. It has angled to almost flattened glabrous branchlets with resinous crenulated ridges. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The evergreen phyllodes have an oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic shape and are flat and straight to slightly curved. The thinly coriaceous and glabrous phyllodes have a length of 4 to 10.5 cm (1.6 to 4.1 in) and a width of 6.25 to 23 mm (0.246 to 0.906 in) with three prominent longitudinal veins. It blooms between December and July producing golden flowers. It produces cylindrically shaped inflorescences with the flower-spikes found singly or in groups of two or three in the upper axils. the spikes have a length of 10 to 50 mm (0.39 to 1.97 in) and have bright to golden yellow coloured flowers. The woody, brown seed pods that form after flowering have a narrowly oblanceolate shape with a gradually tapering base. The straight to slightly curved pod is slightly raised over seeds and has a length of 2.6 to 5 cm (1.0 to 2.0 in) with the seeds inside arranged obliquely. The glossy brown seeds have a length of 2.7 to 5.3 mm (0.11 to 0.21 in) with an open areole and a conical shaped aril.[1]

It is endemic to the northern parts of the Northern Territory including Bathurst Island and from around Maningrida in the north to Umbrawarra Gorge near Pine Creek in the south.[1] It is often situated around or close to streams in sandstone plateaux and gorges country and on coastal flats where it grows in sandy soils.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia cataractae". WorldWideWattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
"Acacia cataractae Tindale & Kodela". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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