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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 legnota

Acacia legnota Pedley, 1978

Racosperma legnotum (Pedley) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia legnota

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia

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

Pedley, L., 1978. Austrobaileya: a journal of plant systematics 1(2): 215.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia legnota 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 legnota. Published online. Accessed: Aug 06 2019. 2019. Acacia legnota. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 06 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia legnota. 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 legnota, also known as heath wattle,[1] is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves that is endemic to an area of north eastern Australia.


The shrub or small tree typically grows to a height of 2 to 4 m (6 ft 7 in to 13 ft 1 in) and has smooth, grey bark with obvious white lenticels and glabrous branchlets. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The thin leathery, glabrous and evergreen phyllodes have a narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate-elliptic shape that is sickle shaped with a length of 12 to 18 cm (4.7 to 7.1 in) and a width of 8 to 19 mm (0.31 to 0.75 in) and has six to eight main nerves. When it blooms in June[1] produces simple inflorescences found in groups of two to four in the axils with spherical flower-heads that have a diameter of 5 to 6 mm (0.20 to 0.24 in) and contain about 35 golden coloured flowers. the glabrous and leathery seed pods that form later have a linear shape but are rounded over each of the seeds with a length of up to 12 cm (4.7 in) and a width of about 9 mm (0.35 in) and contain dull dark brown seeds with a broadly elliptic shape and a length of approximately 5 mm (0.20 in).[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Leslie Pedley in 1978 as a part of the work A revision of Acacia Mill. in Queensland, Part 1 as published in the journal Austrobaileya. Pedley later reclassified it as Racosperma legnotum in 1987 but it was returned to genus Acacia in 2001.[3]

It is found in far north and north eastern Queensland on the Cape York Peninsula and is reasonably common from around Cape Flattery to Cooktown along the coast with populations found as far west as the Iron Range area and down to around Cowley Beach in the south where it is often situated on dunes or in shrubby heathland communities usually often surrounding streams or lagoons growing in sandy soils.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Heath Wattle Acacia legnota". Cairns to Cape Tribulation. Net Reach Media Pty Ltd. 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
"Acacia legnota". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
"Acacia legnota Pedley". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 5 December 2020.

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