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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 flexifolia

Acacia flexifolia A.Cunn. ex Benth., 1842

Racosperma flexifolium (A.Cunn. ex Benth.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia flexifolia

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria

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

Cunningham, A. 1842. The London Journal of Botany. London 1:359.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia flexifolia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 03. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia flexifolia. Published online. Accessed: Aug 03 2019. 2019. Acacia flexifolia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 03 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia flexifolia. 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. Aug. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: Aug 03 {{{3}}}. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia flexifolia in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
English: Bent-leaf Wattle, Small Winter Wattle

Acacia flexifolia, commonly known as bent-leaf wattle or small winter wattle, is a shrub species that is endemic to eastern Australia.

1 Description
2 Taxonomy
3 Distribution
4 See also
5 References


The shrub typically grows to a height of 0.3 to 1.5 m (1 ft 0 in to 4 ft 11 in) and has a decumbent or spreading shrub. The branchlets have tiny hairs between resinous ridges and tend to be angled at the extremities. Like most Acacias it has phyllodes instead of true leaves. They have a narrowly oblanceolate to linear shape and can be straight or slightly curved. The glabrous phyllodes are 1 to 2.5 cm (0.39 to 0.98 in) in length and 1 to 2 mm (0.039 to 0.079 in) and have a prominent midvein. It generally blooms between June and September producing simple inflorescences that occur in pairs in the axils and have spherical flower-heads with a diameter of 4 to 6 mm (0.16 to 0.24 in) and contain four to eight loosely packed bright yellow flowers. The firmly papery to thinly leathery seed pods that form after flowering are straight to strongly curved with a length of 4 to 12 cm (1.6 to 4.7 in) and a width of 2 to 3 mm (0.079 to 0.118 in).[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist George Bentham in 1842 as part of William Jackson Hooker's work Notes on Mimoseae, with a synopsis of species as published in the London Journal of Botany. It was reclassified in 1987 as Racosperma flexifolium by Leslie Pedley, then transferred back to genus Acacia in 2001.[3]

It is found of the eastern states of Australia from Queensland, through New South Wales and into Victoria inland and along the Great Dividing Range where it is usually a component of woodlands, usually dry sclerophyll forest and mallee communities in inland districts.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia flexifolia". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
"Acacia flexifolia". PlantNet. Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
"Acacia flexifolia A.Cunn. ex Benth. Bent-Leaf Wattle". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 24 August 2019.

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