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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 howittii

Acacia howittii F.Muell., 1893

Racosperma howittii (F.Muell.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia howittii

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia

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

Mueller, F.J.H. v., 1893. Victorian Naturalist; Journal and Magazine of the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria 10:16.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia howittii 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 howittii. Published online. Accessed: Aug 04 2019. 2019. Acacia howittii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 04 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia howittii. 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 howittii in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
English: sticky wattle

Acacia howittii, commonly known as sticky wattle[1] or Howitt's wattle,[1][2] is a tree species that is endemic to Victoria, Australia.


The shrub or tree an erect or spreading habit, growing up to 9 m (30 ft) high[3] and it has pendulous and slender branchlets with pubescent ribs.[2] Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves The phyllodes are up to 2 cm (0.79 in) in length[3] and 4 to 8 mm (0.16 to 0.31 in) wide. The thin dark green phyllodes have a narrowly elliptic to lanceolate shape with two to three distinct nerves per face.[2] The globular pale-yellow flowerheads appear in the leaf axils in October (in Australia).[3] The simple inflorescences occur singly or in pairs in the axils and have spherical flower-heads that contain 12 to 20 pale yellow lemon yellow flowers. Following flowering straight seed pods form that are up to 6 cm (2.4 in) long [3] The firmly chartaceous to thinly coriaceous brown seed pods have a narrowly oblong to linear shape with a width of 4 to 5 mm (0.16 to 0.20 in) and are mostly glabrous but are hairy around the margins. The seeds inside are arranged longitudinally. The shiny dark brown seeds have an oblong shape with a length of 3 to 4 mm (0.12 to 0.16 in) and have a terminal aril.[2]

The species was first formally described by Victorian Government Botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in The Victorian Naturalist in 1893. Mueller's description was based on material collected by Alfred William Howitt, for whom the species is named.[1] It was reclassified as Racosperma howittii by Leslie Pedley in 2003 but was transferred back to genus Acacia in 2006.[4] It belongs to the Acacia verniciflua complex where hybrids occur between A. howittii and the Dandenong variant of Acacia leprosa.[2]

It is native to an area in eastern Victoria from around the from the upper reaches of the Macalister River area near Mount Howitt in the north and down to around Yarram in the south and extending east to around Tabberabbera where it is usually situated in moist forest environments.[2] Although regarded as a rare species, it is commonly cultivated, and has become naturalised in areas outside its original range.[3]

"Acacia howittii". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
"Acacia howittii". World Wide Wattle. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
Wild Plants of Victoria (database). Viridans Biological Databases & Department of Sustainability and Environment. 2009.
"Acacia howittii F.Muell". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 14 June 2020.

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