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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 cuspidifolia

Acacia cuspidifolia Maslin

Acacia cuspidifolia, commonly known as wait-a-while or bohemia, is a tree in the family Fabaceae. Endemic to Western Australia, it occurs on the floodplains east of Carnarvon.

Wait-a-while grows to a height of about eight metres. It usually has many main stems, with foliage down to ground level. Like most Acacia species, it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. These are green, three to seven centimetres long, and two to five millimetres wide. They terminate in a spine about two millimetres long. Hooked spines up to five millimetres long also occur in the axils of leaves and stems. The flowers are pale yellow, and held in spherical clusters about five millimetres in diameter. The pods are light brown and flat, five to nine centimetres long and one to two centimetres wide.

Wait-a-while provides good forage for cattle and sheep, and the foliage persists in times of drought. The spines tear at the wool of sheep, however, and have been known to trap weak sheep. The common name "wait-a-while" refers to this.
See also

List of Acacia species

Wikispecies has information related to Acacia cuspidifolia.

"Acacia cuspidifolia". Flora of Australia Online. Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government.
"Acacia cuspidifolia". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Mitchell, A. A.; Wilcox, D. G. (1994). Arid Shrubland Plants of Western Australia (Second and Enlarged ed.). Nedlands, Western Australia: University of Western Australia Press. ISBN 978-1-875560-22-6.

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