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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 leichhardtii

Acacia leichhardtii Benth., 1864

Racosperma leichhardtii (Benth.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia leichhardtii

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia

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

Bentham, G., 1864. Flora Australiensis 2: 372.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia leichhardtii 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 leichhardtii. Published online. Accessed: Aug 06 2019. 2019. Acacia leichhardtii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 06 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia leichhardtii. 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
English: Leichardt's Wattle

Acacia leichhardtii, commonly known as Leichhardt's wattle, is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae that is endemic to north eastern Australia.


The shrub typically grows to a height of 3 metres (10 ft) and has a spreading habit. It has slender branches that usually arch downwards and branchlets that are covered in soft hairs.[1] It has small grey-green[2] patent to reflexed phyllodes that have a narrowly oblong-elliptic to lanceolate shape. The glabrous phyllodes are mostly straight to shallowly incurved with a length of 1.5 to 3 cm (0.59 to 1.18 in) and a width of 3 to 6 mm (0.12 to 0.24 in) and are abruptly contracted at the base with a prominent midrib.[1] The simple sweet smelling[2] inflorescences occur in bunches of 12 to 20 and have spherical flower-heads containing 20 to 40 bright golden flowers. The hairyseed pods that form after flowering have a narrowly oblong shape and are curved to straight with a length of up to 10 cm (3.9 in) and a width of around 9 mm (0.35 in). The oblong to elliptic black seeds within are 5 to 6 mm (0.20 to 0.24 in) in length.[1]

The species was first formally described by the botanist George Bentham in 1864 in the work Flora Australiensis. It was reclassified by Leslie Pedley in 1987 as Racosperma leichhardtii then returned to genus Acacia in 2001.[3]

It is native to an area of Queensland from the Central Highlands Region on the Blackdown Tablelands in the north to around Toowoomba in the south east on the Darling Downs growing on sandstone ranges in shallow stony sandy soils as a part of open Eucalyptus woodland communities.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia leichhardtii". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
"Acacia leichhardtii "Leichhardt's Wattle"". Paten Park Native Nursery. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
"Acacia leichhardtii Benth. Leichhardt's Wattle". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 18 June 2019.

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