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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 conferta

Acacia conferta A.Cunn. ex Benth.

Racosperma confertum (A.Cunn. ex Benth.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia conferta

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
New South Wales, Queensland

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

Cunningham, A., 1842. London Journal of Botany. London 1:345.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia conferta 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 29. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia conferta. Published online. Accessed: Jul 29 2019. 2019. Acacia conferta. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 29.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia conferta. 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 29 {{{3}}}. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia conferta in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
English: Crowded-leaf Wattle

Acacia conferta, commonly known as crowded-leaf wattle,[1] is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae that is endemic to eastern Australia.


The shrub or tree with a rounded habit[1] that typically grows to a height of 4 m (13 ft) that has slender spreading branchlets with dense to sparse hairs. The ascending to erect and crowded phyllodes are on short stem-projections. The flat green phyllodes have a linear-oblanceolate to oblong-elliptic shape and a length of 5 to 12 mm (0.20 to 0.47 in) and a width of 1 to 1.6 mm (0.039 to 0.063 in).[2] It mostly blooms between April and August producing simple inflorescences that occur singly in the axils. The spherical flower-heads contain 20 to 25 bright yellow flowers. The seed pods that form after flowering are up to 6 cm (2.4 in) in length and 10 to 15 mm (0.39 to 0.59 in) in width and contain oblong-elliptic shaped seeds that are 5 to 6 mm (0.20 to 0.24 in) in length.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist George Bentham in 1842 as part of William Jackson Hooker's work Notes on Mimoseae, with a synopsis of species as published in the London Journal of Botany. It was reclassified as Racosperma confertum by Leslie Pedley in 1987 then transferred back to the genus Acacia in 2007. The only other synonyms are Acacia tindaleae and Racosperma tindaleae.[3]

The shrub is found in western New South Wales around Moree and Warialda on slopes and plains extending north into south eastern Queensland to west of Blackall and east to the coast around Proserpine. It will grow in sandy or loamy soils and is often a part of dry sclerophyll forest or Eucalyptus woodland communities.[2]

It is sometimes cultivated and can be propagated by scarifying the seeds or treatment with boiling water. It prefers a sunny position and will grow in most soil types that needs a well-drained position. It is also frost tolerant and can cope to temperatures as low as −7 °C (19 °F).[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia conferta Crowded-leaf Wattle". Wattles - Genus Acacia. Australian National Botanic Gardens. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
"Acacia conferta". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
"Acacia conferta A.Cunn. ex Benth". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

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