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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 huegelii

Acacia huegelii Benth., 1837

Acacia huegelii var. glauca Jacques
Racosperma huegelii (Benth.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia huegelii

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Bentham, G. in S. L. Endlicher et al., 1837. Enumeratio plantarum quas in Novae Hollandiae 37.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia huegelii in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 05. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia huegelii. Published online. Accessed: Aug 05 2019. 2019. Acacia huegelii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 05 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia huegelii. 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 05 {{{3}}}. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia huegelii in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names

Acacia huegelii is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae native to Western Australia.


The straggling spiny multi-stemmed shrub typically grows to a height of 0.2 to 1.0 metre (1 to 3 ft).[1] The branchlets can be either glabrous or slightly haired with erect stipules that are 2 to 4 millimetres (0.079 to 0.157 in) in length. The pungent green phyllodes are broadest near the middle and are usually 7 to 16 mm (0.28 to 0.63 in) in length and 2 to 7 mm (0.079 to 0.276 in) wide.[3] It produces cream-yellow flowers from October to February.[1] The simple inflorescences are arranged with one per axil. The globular flowerhead contain 20 to 35 cream or white coloured flowers. Following flowering flat curved red-brown seed pods form that are up to 40 mm (1.57 in) 4long with a width of 3.5 to 5 mm (0.138 to 0.197 in) containing oblong mottled seeds.[3]

The species was first formally described by the botanist George Bentham in 1837 as part of the work by Bentham, Stephan Endlicher, Eduard Fenzl and Heinrich Wilhelm Schott entitled Enumeratio plantarum quas in Novae Hollandiae ora austro-occidentali ad fluvium Cygnorum et in Sinu Regis Georgii collegit Carolus liber baro de Hügel.[1] It was reclassified in 2003 as Racosperma huegelii by Leslie Pedley then transferred back to the genus Acacia in 2006.[4] The only other synonym is Acacia huegelii Benth. var. huegelii.[4]

The species names honours Carl Alexander Anselm, Baron von Hugel, an Austrian naturalist who visited Western Australia in 1833[5] and collected the type specimen from around the Swan River.[3]

A. huegelii is closely related to Acacia forrestiana and has similar phyllodes to Acacia imparilis.[3]

It is native to an area along the south coast in the Peel and South West regions of Western Australia where it is found on low ridges, flats and sand dunes growing in lateritic gravel or sandy soils.[1] It is often part of Banksia or Eucalyptus woodlands or open forest communities in northern and eastern areas but in south western areas it appears in dune swales with Agonis flexuosa and species of Kunzea.[3]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia huegelii". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Endlicher, S., Fenzl, E., Bentham, G. & Schott, H.W. (1837) Enumeratio plantarum quas in Novae Hollandiae ora austro-occidentali ad fluvium Cygnorum et in Sinu Regis Georgii collegit Carolus liber baro de Hügel 42
"Acacia huegelii". World Wide Wattle. CSIRO. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
"Acacia huegelii Benth". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Archived from the original on 4 November 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
"Acacia huegelii". Friends of Queens Park Bushland. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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