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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 dentifera

Acacia dentifera Benth., Maund, Botanist 4: t. 179.

Racosperma dentiferum (Benth.) Pedley (2003)
Acacia douglasii Schmitt & Armand ex Ser. (1849)

Misapplied names

Acacia longifolia sens. Paxton (1846

Native distribution areas:
Acacia dentifera

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Bentham, G. in Maund, 1840. The Botanist 4: t. 179.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia dentifera in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Aug 11. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia dentifera. Published online. Accessed: Aug 11 2019. 2019. Acacia dentifera. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Aug 11.
Hassler, M. 2020. Acacia dentifera. 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. 2020. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Aug 11. Reference page.
Acacia dentifera – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia dentifera in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
English: Tooth-bearing Acacia

Acacia dentifera, commonly known as tooth-bearing acacia, is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae that is endemic to south western Australia.


The erect and loose shrub typically grows to a height of 0.6 to 3.0 metres (2 to 10 ft).[1] The shrub has glabrous, straight, brown-dotted branchlet with persistent stipules that can become tooth-like projections at older nodes. The thin, green, linear phyllodes can sometimes have a narrowly elliptic shape and are straight to shallowly curved. The phyllodes have a length of 7 to 15 cm (2.8 to 5.9 in) and a width of 2 to 5 mm (0.079 to 0.197 in) and have reddish-brown coloured resinous-hairs when young and a prominent midrib.[2] It blooms from August to November and produces yellow flowers.[1] The simple inflorescences have spherical to obloid flower-heads containing 30 to 45 golden coloured flowers. The terete red to brown coloured seed pods that form after flowering areslightly constricted between the seeds. The pods have a maximum length of 6.5 cm (2.6 in) and a width of to around 4 mm (0.16 in). Th oblong, semi-glossy bark brown seeds within the pods have a length of 3.5 to 4.5 mm (0.14 to 0.18 in) with a white aril.[2]

It is native to an area in the eastern suburbs of Perth in the Darling Range and the Peel and the South West regions of Western Australia where it grows in gravelly lateritic or granitic based soils.[1] The species is distributed between Helena Valley in the north and down to around Bridgetown in the south and is often situated near watercourses or among granite rocks as a part of Eucalyptus forest communities.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia dentifera". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia dentifera". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 29 June 2019.

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