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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 kelleri

Acacia kelleri F.Muell., 1892

Racosperma kelleri (F.Muell.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia kelleri

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Northern Territory, Western Australia

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

Mueller, F.J.H. v.. 1892. The Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales Ser. II, vi. (May 1892) 468.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia kelleri 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 kelleri. Published online. Accessed: Aug 05 2019. 2019. Acacia kelleri. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 05 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia kelleri. 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.

Vernacular names

Acacia kelleri is a shrub or tree belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Juliflorae that is endemic to north western Australia.


The shrub or tree is openly branched, slender and often weeping, it typically grows to a height of 1.5 to 7 metres (5 to 23 ft)[1] and has fissured grey coloured bark. The light to dark brown branchlets are terete and woolly. The crowded and erect phyllodes have a linear to narrowly lanceolate shape. the phyllodes are straight to slightly curved and 1 to 2.5 centimetres (0.39 to 0.98 in) in length with a width of 0.7 to 2.5 millimetres (0.028 to 0.098 in).[2] It blooms from March to October producing yellow flowers.[1] The densely covered flower spikes are 1.3 to 4.5 cm (0.51 to 1.77 in) in length. Following flowering red brown seed pods for that are up to 11 cm (4 in) in length and 4.5 to 6 mm (0.177 to 0.236 in) long.[2]

The plant was first formally described by the botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in 1892 as part of the work Observations on plants, collected during Mr Joseph Bradshaw's expedition to the Prince Regent's river published in Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. The species was reclassified as Racosperma kelleri in 2003 by Leslie Pedley then transferred back to the genus Acacia in 2006.[3]

The type specimen was collected by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891 near Prince Regent River.[2]

It is native to an area in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia where it is found on rocky escarpments and stony creek beds growing in skeletal soils over sandstone.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia kelleri". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia kelleri". World Wide Wattle. CSIRO. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
"Acacia kelleri F.Muell". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 20 September 2018.

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