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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 cerastes

Acacia cerastes Maslin, 1995

Racosperma cerastes (Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Primary references

Maslin, B.R., 1995. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium 10(2): 173.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia cerastes 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 cerastes. Published online. Accessed: Jul 28 2019. 2019. Acacia cerastes. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 28.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia cerastes. 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 cerastes is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia. It is native to a small area in the northern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.[1]


The shrub has an erect, intricate and multi-branched habit[1] and typically grows to a height of around 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in). It has terete and tortuous branchlets that are striated and green or brown in colour. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The rudimentary phyllodes appear as small continuous terete horn-like projections along the branchlets that are up to around 1 mm (0.039 in) in length. The evergreen phyllodes are often recurved with obscure nerves.[2] It blooms between August and November producing yellow flowers.[1] The rudimentary inflorescences have spherical flower-heads containing 30 golden flowers. The linear shaped seed pods have dehisced valves and are generally rounded over and constricted between the seeds. The thinly coriaceous pods are up to around 4.5 cm (1.8 in) in length and 3 to 4 mm (0.12 to 0.16 in) wide.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1995 as part of the work Acacia Miscellany Taxonomy of some Western Australian phyllocladinous and aphyllodinous taxa (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae). as published in the journal Nuytsia. The species as reclassified as Racosperma cerastes in 2003 by Leslie Pedley but returned to the genus Acacia in 2006.[3]


It is found in a small area between Perenjori, Westonia and Yalgoo where it grows in skeletal rocky soils over ironstone on hillslopes.[1] It is mostly found in the Mount Gibson Sanctuary and on Ninghan Station. The type specimen was collected by the botanist Charles Austin Gardner in 1952 from the Mount Gibson area.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia cerastes". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia cerastes Maslin". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
"Acacia cerastes Maslin". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 8 November 2018.

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