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Acacia floribunda CFGk365

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 floribunda

Acacia floribunda (Vent.) Willd., 1806

Acacia angustifolia G.Lodd.
Acacia floribunda var. latifolia Benth.
Acacia intermedia A.Cunn. ex Hook.
Mimosa floribunda Vent.
Mimosa mucronulata Dum.Cours.
Phyllodoce floribunda (Vent.) Link
Racosperma floribundum (Vent.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia floribunda

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria
Introduced into:
Jawa, Malaya, New Zealand North, Sri Lanka, Sumatera

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

Willdenow, C.L. 1806. Species Plantarum. Editio quarta. Tomus 4. Pars 2. Pp. 634–1157. Impensis G. C. Nauk, Berolini [Berlin]. BHL Biblioteca Digital Reference page. : 1051


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia floribunda 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 floribunda. Published online. Accessed: Aug 03 2019. 2019. Acacia floribunda. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 03 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia floribunda. 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 floribunda in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
English: Gossamer Wattle, Grossamer Wattle, Weeping Acacia, White Sallow Wattle

Acacia floribunda is a perennial evergreen[2] shrub or tree. It is a species of wattle native to New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, but is cultivated extensively, and has naturalised in South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia, and also in, Indonesia, Mauritius and northern New Zealand. Common names for it include gossamer wattle, weeping acacia and white sallow wattle.[1] It grows up to 6m in height, but there is a commercial form available which only grows to about 1m tall. Its cream-colored flowers occur in the early Spring (August to September in the southern hemisphere).[3]


In landscaping, Acacia floribunda is very useful for controlling erosion, especially in gullies. It is also useful as a hedge,[3] as a wind breaker, around bogs and ponds and as a shade tree.[4] It is sold frequently as an ornamental landscaping plant because it is fast-growing and it has many beautiful flowers.[5]

The tree is used for its nitrogen fixing properties by interspersing it with fruit trees.[6]

A. floribunda foliage has some use as fodder for livestock such as goats.[6]

The mature inner bark of this species contains the compound NN-Dimethyltryptamine (0.4%) and other substituted tryptamines that are components of the South American visionary medicine Ayahuasca.

Some individuals are allergic to A. floribunda pollen.[7] About 1.2% of the population not closely exposed to the pollen are allergic, but 31% of floriculturists are allergic to it, seemingly because of their increased exposure.[8]

Acacia floribunda can be propagated from seed by treating the seeds in near-boiling water to penetrate the hard outer seed coating. Alternatively, the outer coatings of the seeds can be sanded down somewhat to allow water in.[3]
Wikispecies has information related to acacia floribunda.

"Acacia floribunda - ILDIS LegumeWeb". Retrieved 2008-03-10.
Native Flora of the Southern Highlands Archived March 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Organic Matters
Australian Acacias in the Garden
Gardening Australia Factsheet: Permaculture Paradise
Akpinar-Elci M, Elci OC, Odabasi A (June 2004). "Work-related asthma-like symptoms among florists". Chest. 125 (6): 2336–9. doi:10.1378/chest.125.6.2336. PMID 15189959. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29.
Ariano R, Panzani RC, Amedeo J (March 1991). "Pollen allergy to mimosa (Acacia floribunda) in a Mediterranean area: an occupational disease". Ann Allergy. 66 (3): 253–6. PMID 2006774.

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