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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 lateriticola

Acacia lateriticola Maslin, 1975

Acacia cycnorum Hook.
Acacia strigosa var. borealis E.Pritz.
Racosperma lateriticola (Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia lateriticola

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Maslin, B.R., 1975. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium 1(5): 433.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia lateriticola in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 06. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia lateriticola. Published online. Accessed: Aug 06 2019. 2019. Acacia lateriticola. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 06 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia lateriticola. 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 06 {{{3}}}. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Acacia lateriticola is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Pulchellae that is endemic to an area of south western Australia.


The ferny-leaved shrub typically grows to a height of 0.4 to 1.5 metres (1 to 5 ft)[1] and has hairy branchlets. The leaves are composed of two pairs of pinnae where the proximal pinnae are 2 to 6 mm (0.079 to 0.236 in) in length and the distal pinnae are 6 to 20 mm (0.24 to 0.79 in) in length. The proximal pinnae are composed of one to three pairs of pinnules while the distal pinnae have two to six pairs of pinnules. The flat and recurved green pinnules have an oblong to lanceolate shape with a length of 4 to 15 mm (0.16 to 0.59 in) and a width of 1.5 to 3 m (4 ft 11 in to 9 ft 10 in).[2] It blooms from May to October and produces yellow flowers.[1] The simple inflorescences are found singly or in pairs in the axils and have spherical flower-heads with a diameter of 7 to 10 mm (0.28 to 0.39 in) and contain 24 to 36 light golden or rarely cream coloured flowers. The crustaceous seed pods that form after flowering have a narrowly oblong shape with a length of 3 to 5 cm (1.2 to 2.0 in) and a width of 7 to 11 mm (0.28 to 0.43 in) with thickened margins.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1975 as a part of the work Studies in the genus Acacia (Mimosaceae) - A Revision of Series Pulchellae as published in the journal Nuytsia. It was reclassified as Racosperma lateriticola by Leslie Pedley in 2003 then transferred back to genus Acacia in 2006.[3]

It is native to an area in the Peel and South West regions of Western Australia where it is usually found growing in lateritic soils.[1] The bulk of the population is found from around Chittering in the north to Manjimup in the east and Dunsborough in the south where it is often a part of Eucalyptus marginata and Corymbia calophylla woodland and forest communities.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia lateriticola". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia lateriticola". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
"Acacia lateriticola Maslin". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 7 February 2021.

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