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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 catenulata
Subspecies: A. c. subsp. occidentalis

Acacia catenulata C.T.White, 1944

Racosperma catenulatum (C.T.White) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia catenulata

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Northern Territory, Queensland

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

White, C.T., 1944. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 55: 63.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia catenulata 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 catenulata. Published online. Accessed: Jul 28 2019. 2019. Acacia catenulata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 28.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia catenulata. 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
English: bendee

Acacia catenulata, commonly known as bendee, is a tree belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Juliflorae that is endemic to some arid areas in Australia.


The tree typically grows to a height of 15 metres (49 ft) with a dark deeply fluted trunk[1] with numerous short horizontal branches and angular branchlets with darker young growth and that have a scattering of short hairs. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The evergreen, flat, straight phyllodes are glabrescent with a length of 3 to 9.5 cm (1.2 to 3.7 in) and a width of 3 to 12 mm (0.12 to 0.47 in) and are finely striated longitudinally with a more prominent midnerve.[2] When it blooms it produces simple inflorescences that occur singly or in pairs in the axils with cylindrical flower-spikes that are 10 to 30 mm (0.39 to 1.18 in) in length. After flowering pale brown flat seed pods form that are contracted between each of the seeds. The pods are quite straight with a length of up to 8 cm (3.1 in) and a width of 4 to 6 mm (0.16 to 0.24 in) that are glabrous and longitudinally wrinkled. The longitudinally arranged oblong seeds are 4 to 5 mm (0.16 to 0.20 in) in length and 2 to 2.5 mm (0.079 to 0.098 in) wide with a small yellow aril.[2]

It was first formally described by the botanist Cyril Tenison White in 1944 as part of the work Contributions to the Queensland Flora as published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. It was reclassified as Racosperma catenulatum by Leslie Pedley in 1987 and transferred back to genus Acacia in 2001.[3]

There are two recognized subspecies

Acacia catenulata subsp. catenulata
Acacia catenulata subsp. occidentalis


It is native to an area of the Pilbara region of Western Australia centred around Newman where it is commonly found on scarps composed of weathered sediments growing in shallow soils.[1] It only has a limited distribution in the Northern Territory but is quite common in central and southern Queensland.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia catenulata". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia catenulata". WorldWideWattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
"Acacia catenulata C.T.White". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 26 March 2020.

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