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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 chinchillensis

Acacia chinchillensis Tindale

Telopea; Contributions from the National Herbarium of New South Wales 1:380. 1978
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia chinchillensis in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Acacia chinchillensis, commonly known as the chinchilla wattle, is a species of Acacia native to eastern Australia.[1]


The shrub typically grows to a height of 0.3 to 2 metres (1 to 7 ft) and a width of 1 to 2 m (3 ft 3 in to 6 ft 7 in). It has smooth grey to green bark. It terete with inconspicuous ridges and soft white hair on branchlets.[1] The leaves have a bipinnate shape with three to four pairs of pinnae each with 6 to 14 leaflets with a narrowly oblong shape. It produces golden or yellow spherical flower heads. The linear, hairy seed pods that forma later are flat but raised over the seeds with a length of 7 to 8 cm (2.8 to 3.1 in) and a width of 4 to 5 mm (0.16 to 0.20 in).[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Mary Tindale in 1978 as part of the work Notes on Australian taxa of Acacia as published in the journal Telopea. It was reclassified as Racosperma chinchillense in 1987 by Leslie Pedley and transferred back into the genus Acacia in 2001.[3]

The species is native to an area of south west Queensland and found in the Darling Downs around the towns of Chinchilla, Tara, Cecil Plains and Karara. A population of around 100,000 individual trees were estimated to inhabit the surround state forests. The shrub is often part of the understorey in low woodland to open forest communities.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia chinchillensis Tindale, Telopea 1: 380 (1978)". World Wide Wattle. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
"Advice to the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) on Amendment to the list of Threatened Species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)" (PDF). Department of Environment. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
"Acacia chinchillensis Tindale". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 3 February 2019.

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