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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 cretata

Acacia cretata Pedley, 1969

Racosperma cretatum (Pedley) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia cretata

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia

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

Pedley, L., 1969. Contributions from the Queensland Herbarium No. 4, 1 (1969).


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia cretata 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 30. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia cretata. Published online. Accessed: Jul 30 2019. 2019. Acacia cretata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 30.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia cretata. 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 30 {{{3}}}. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Acacia cretata is a shrub or tree belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Juliflorae that is native to north eastern Australia.


The shrub tree typically grows to a maximum height of 8 m (26 ft) with a single stem and a rounded top. It has smooth grey coloured bark that becomes rough and fibrous with age. The flattened and stout glabrous branchlets are mostly angular and a brownish crimson colour often with a fine white powdery coating. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather that true leaves. The coriaceous and evergreen phyllodes have an elliptic to obliquely narrowly elliptic shape that narrows swiftly into the broad pulvinus,. The flat and falcate phyllodes have a length of 7 to 14 cm (2.8 to 5.5 in) and a width of 17 to 40 mm (0.67 to 1.57 in) and have a hooked apex with two or three prominent main veins.[1] It blooms between July and September producing golden flowers. The cylindrical flower-spikes have a length of 5.5 to 10 cm (2.2 to 3.9 in) and are covered with bright yellow flowers. After flowering coriaceous and glabrous seed pods form that have a linear shape and raised over and constricted between seeds. The pods have a length of 6 to 10 cm (2.4 to 3.9 in) and a width of 3 mm (0.12 in) with longitudinally arranged seeds inside. The black coloured seeds have an oblong-elliptic shape with a length of 4 to 6 mm (0.16 to 0.24 in) and a width of 1.8 to 2 mm (0.071 to 0.079 in).[1]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Leslie Pedley in 1969 as part of the work Notes on Acacia, chiefly from Queensland as published in Contributions from the Queensland Herbarium. It was reclassified as Racosperma cretatum by Pedley in 1987 then transferred back to genus Acacia in 2001.[2]

It is endemic to Queensland and is distributed down along the Great Dividing Range from around Moranbah in the north to around Mara in the south and is especially common on the Blackdown Tableland. It is situated in a variety of habitat that is over or around sandstone where it grows in sandy, gravelly or loamy soils as a part of open Eucalyptus woodland communities.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia cretata". WorldWideWattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
"Acacia cretata Pedley". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 10 October 2019.

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