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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 fragilis

Acacia fragilis Maiden & Blakely

J. Roy. Soc. Western Australia 13:5, t. 4, fig. 1-11. 1927
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia fragilis in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Acacia fragilis is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves that is endemic to south western Australia.


The dense rounded shrub typically grows to a height of 0.5 to 3 metres (2 to 10 ft)[1] and has glabrous and terete branchlets with golden coloured new shoots. Like most species of Acacia it phyllodes instead of true leaves. The evergreen, reclined to erect phyllodes are straight to shallowly curved with a length of 3.5 to 8 cm (1.4 to 3.1 in) and a diameter of 0.5 to 1.3 mm (0.020 to 0.051 in) and have eight raised nerves.[2] It blooms from July to October and produces yellow flowers.[1]

The species was first formally described by the botanists Joseph Maiden and William Blakely in 1927 as part of the work Descriptions of fifty new species and six varieties of western and northern Australian Acacias, and notes on four other species as published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia. It was reclassified as Racosperma fragile by Leslie Pedley in 2003 then transferred back to genus Acacia in 2006.[3]

It is native to an area in the Wheatbelt and Goldfields regions of Western Australia where it is commonly situated on low ridges and rises or on sand plains growing in rocky, sandy or loamy soils often over or around areas of laterite.[1] The range of the plant extends from around Carnamah in the north west to around Cunerdin and Merredin in the south east where it considered to be reasonably common. Other populations are found around Holt Rock, near Boondi and along and on Ponton Creek near Zanthus in the east and is usually a part of scrubland composed of mallee Eucalyptus and other Acacia species.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia fragilis". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia fragilis Maiden & Blakely". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
"Acacia fragilis Maiden & Blakely". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 17 November 2020.

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