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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 heteroclita
Subspecies: A. heteroclita subsp. valida

Acacia heteroclita Meisn., 1844

Acacia heteroclita subsp. valida R.S.Cowan & Maslin

Native distribution areas:
Acacia heteroclita

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Meisner, C.D.F. in J. G. C. Lehmann, 1844. Plantae Preissianae 1:18.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia heteroclita in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 04. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia heteroclita. Published online. Accessed: Aug 04 2019. 2019. Acacia heteroclita. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 04 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia heteroclita. 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 04 {{{3}}}. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia heteroclita in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names

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


The erect spreading shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 1 to 4 metres (3 to 13 ft).[1] Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The evergreen phyllodes have a linear to linear-oblanceolate shape and a length of 3 to 11 cm (1.2 to 4.3 in) and a width of 2 to 4 mm (0.079 to 0.157 in).[2] It blooms from September to December and produces yellow flowers.[1] The spherical flower-heads have a diameter of 4 to 5 mm (0.16 to 0.20 in) and contain 25 to 41 yellow coloured flowers. Following flowering seed pods form that have a length of about 5.5 cm (2.2 in) and a width of 2.5 to 5 mm (0.098 to 0.197 in). The elliptic-oblong shaped seeds have a length of 2.5 to 3.5 mm (0.098 to 0.138 in) with a U shaped pleurogram.[2]

There are two recognised subspecies:

Acacia heteroclita subsp. heteroclita
Acacia heteroclita subsp. valida


It is native to an area in the southern Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions of Western Australia where it is commonly situated among granite outcrops and slopes, lateritic breakaways and on undulating plains growing in sandy or gravelly granitic soils.[1] It has a scattered and discontinuous from around Kulin in the north down to around the Fitzgerald River National Park in the south and as far east as Cape Le Grand National Park as well as some of the islands in the Recherche Archipelago. It is often a part of mallee, shrubland or heathland communities and can be found in saline areas.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia heteroclita". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia heteroclita Meisn. subsp. heteroclita". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. Retrieved 29 November 2020.

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