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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 cummingiana

Acacia cummingiana Maslin, 1995

Racosperma cummingianum (Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia cummingiana

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., 1995. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium 10(2): 175.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia cummingiana 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 cummingiana. Published online. Accessed: Jul 30 2019. 2019. Acacia cummingiana. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 30.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia cummingiana. 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 cummingiana is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia. It is native to a small area on the Swan coastal plain and the Geraldton sandplain in Western Australia.[1]


The shrub has a sprawling, straggly, rush-like habit. It grows to a height of 0.3 to 0.5 metres (1.0 to 1.6 ft). It blooms between May and August producing yellow flowers.[1] The striate branches are green with yellow ribbing. The thin, horizontally flattened phyllodes resembling triangular scales are 1.5 to 4 millimetres (0.059 to 0.157 in) in length. The simple inflorescences have globular heads with a diameter of about 8 mm (0.315 in) containing 8 to 12 loosely packed flowers. After flowering shallowly curved seed pods that are 4 to 7 centimetres (1.6 to 2.8 in) long and 8 to 10 mm (0.31 to 0.39 in) wide. The oblong-elliptic seeds are 5 mm (0.197 in) long.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1995 as part of the workAcacia Miscellany 13. Taxonomy of some Western Australian phyllocladinous and aphyllodinous taxa (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) as published in the journal Nuytsia.[3]

It was reclassified as Racosperma cummingianum in 2003 by Leslie Pedley and then classified back to the genus Acacia in 2006.[3]

It is found between Chittering in the south as far as Dadaragan in the north where it grows on sandplains and breakaways in grey or yellow sandy soils or in lateritic gravel.[1] It is found among closed heath communities or mixed heath and low open woodland communities containing Banksia prionotes and Eucalyptus todtiana.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia cummingiana". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia cummingiana". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
"Acacia cummingiana Maslin". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 23 August 2018.

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