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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 cuthbertsonii
Subspecies: A. cuthbertsonii subsp. cuthbertsonii - A. cuthbertsonii subsp. linearis

Acacia cuthbertsonii Luehm., 1897

Racosperma cuthbertsonii (Luehm.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia cuthbertsonii

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Northern Territory, Western Australia

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

Luehmann, J.G., 1897. Victorian Naturalist; Journal and Magazine of the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria 13:117.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia cuthbertsonii 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 31. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia cuthbertsonii. Published online. Accessed: Jul 31 2019. 2019. Acacia cuthbertsonii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Jul 31.
Hassler, M. Jul. Acacia cuthbertsonii. 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 31 {{{3}}}. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia cuthbertsonii in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names

Acacia cuthbertsonii is a perennial shrub or tree native to arid parts of inland and north western Australia.[2]


The shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 1 to 5 m (3 ft 3 in to 16 ft 5 in) and has a bushy and gnarled habit and has fissured, flaky bark. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The silvery evergreen phyllodes have an elliptic to linear shape and can be straight to slightly incurved. The pungent, subrigid phyllodes have length of 3 to 11 cm (1.2 to 4.3 in) and a width of 1 to 20 mm (0.039 to 0.787 in). When it blooms between January or April to December[3] it produces simple inflorescences that are found in pairs in the axils. The flower-spikes are 10 to 34 mm (0.39 to 1.34 in) in length and have a diameter of 3 to 4 mm (0.12 to 0.16 in) with golden flowers. The woody glabrous seed pods that form after flowering have a narrowly oblong to linear shape with a length of around 14 cm (5.5 in) and a width 11 to 22 mm (0.43 to 0.87 in) that dry to become yellowish and wrinkled. The dull, brown seeds within have a broadly elliptic to subcircular shape and are 7.5 to 9 mm (0.30 to 0.35 in) in length.[4]

The species is found in drier areas of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. It is found in a variety of situations including on stony rises, gibber plains, and along creeks and drainage lines where it grows in stony sandy or loamy soils.[3]

The plant is used as an analgesic,[5] in particular headaches and toothaches,[6] by Aboriginal Australians of the Northern Territory. The tree's wood is used to make splints to treat bone fractures.[7] Certain parts of the tree are used to make bandages.[8]

Acacia cuthbertsonii subsp. cuthbertsonii
Acacia cuthbertsonii subsp. linearis

See also

List of Acacia species

Wikispecies has information related to Acacia cuthbertsonii.

"ILDIS". International Legume Database & Information Service. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
"Acacia cuthbertsonii Luehm". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
"Acacia cuthbertsonii". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia cuthbertsonii". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
Analgesic Plants Archived April 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Australian New Crops Newsletter
Sydney Exotic Plants Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
ABRS Flora of Australia Online
Aboriginal Medicine - Japan Paper.pdf Traditional Aboriginal Medicine - Japan Paper[permanent dead link]

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