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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 chrysocephala

Acacia chrysocephala Maslin, 1978

Acacia biflora var. aurea E.Pritz.
Racosperma chrysocephalum (Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia chrysocephala

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Maslin, B.R., 1978. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium. South Perth, W.A. 2:305.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia chrysocephala 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 chrysocephala. Published online. Accessed: Jul 28 2019. 2019. Acacia chrysocephala. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 28.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia chrysocephala. 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.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia chrysocephala in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names

Acacia chrysocephala is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae.


The dense, compact and spiny shrub typically grows to a height of 0.2 to 0.6 metres (1 to 2 ft). It blooms from May to October and produces yellow flowers.[1] The inequilateral phyllodes have an obtriangular to shallowly obtriangular shape with a margin congruent with branchlet. The glabrous phyllodes are 3 to 12 millimetres (0.12 to 0.47 in) in length and 1.5 to 10 mm (0.06 to 0.39 in) and are commonly pungent. The simple inflorescences usually occur with one per axil forming globular flower heads with two to four flowers per head. Following flowering shallowly curved seed pods form with a length of up to 3 centimetres (1.18 in) and a width of 1.5 to 10 mm (0.06 to 0.39 in). The shiny brown longitudinally oblong seeds are 1.5 to 10 mm (0.06 to 0.39 in) long.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1978 as part of the work Studies in the genus Acacia (Mimosaceae) - A revision of the Uninerves - Triangulares, in part (the tetramerous species) as published in the journal Nuytsia. Synonyms for this species include Racosperma chrysocephalum and Acacia biflora var. aurea.[3]

A. is a member of the Acacia biflora group and is related to Acacia incrassata.[2]

It is native to an area in the Great Southern, Wheatbelt and the Goldfields-Esperance regions of Western Australia where it grows in sandy or clay soils over laterite.[1] The distribution is scattered from around York extending south to around the Stirling Range and east as far as Scaddan. It is found in Eucalyptus wandoo woodlands, Eucalyptus marginata forests, in mallee scrub and sometimes in low heath communities.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia chrysocephala". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia chrysocephala". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
"Acacia chrysocephala Maslin". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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