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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 leptospermoides
Subspecies: A. l. subsp. obovata – A. l. subsp. psammophila

Acacia leptospermoides Benth., 1855

Acacia ericifolia var. glaucescens E.Pritz.
Acacia ericifolia var. tenuis E.Pritz.
Racosperma leptospermoides (Benth.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia leptospermoides

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., 1855. Linnaea. Ein Journal für die Botanik in ihrem ganzen Umfange 26: 626.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia leptospermoides in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 07. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia leptospermoides. Published online. Accessed: Aug 07 2019. 2019. Acacia leptospermoides. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 07 Aug 2019.
Hassler, M. Aug. Acacia leptospermoides. 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 07 {{{3}}}. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Acacia leptospermoides is a shrub belonging to the genus Acacia and the subgenus Phyllodineae and is endemic to a large area of south western Australia.


The fleshy leafed shrub typically grows to a height of 0.1 to 2.0 metres (0.3 to 6.6 ft)[1] and has glabrous or hairy branchlets with connate caducous stipules that are about 2 mm (0.079 in) in length. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The grey-green and fleshy phyllodes have a linear to obovate or orbicular shape and are planoconvex or horizontally flattened. The phyllodes are usually 3 to 17 mm (0.12 to 0.67 in) in length and 1 to 7 mm (0.039 to 0.276 in) with three faint nerves beneath and one nerve above.[2] It produces yellow flowers from June to September.[1] The simple inflorescences are found singly or in pairs in the axils with showy spherical flowerheads with a diameter of 4 to 5 mm (0.16 to 0.20 in) containing 20 to 35 golden coloured flowers. Following flowering thinly coriaceous-crustaceous and glabrous seed pods form. The pods have a linear shape and are constricted a little between each of the seeds and are arcuate to openly once-coiled with a length of up to 3 cm (1.2 in) and a width of 1.5 to 2 mm (0.059 to 0.079 in) and longitudinally arranged seeds inside. The shiny mottled or brown seeds have an oblong to elliptic shape with a length of 2.5 to 3 mm (0.098 to 0.118 in) and an oblique aril.[2]

The species was first formally described by the botanist George Bentham in 1855 as part of the work Plantae Muellerianae: Mimoseae as published in the journal Linnaea: ein Journal für die Botanik in ihrem ganzen Umfange, oder Beiträge zur Pflanzenkunde. It was reclassified as Racosperma leptospermoides in 2003 by Leslie Pedley then transferred back to genus Acacia in 2006.[3]

There are three subspecies

Acacia leptospermoides subsp. leptospermoides
Acacia leptospermoides subsp. obovata
Acacia leptospermoides subsp. psammophila[2]


It is native to an area in the Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Mid West regions of Western Australia where it is commonly situated on sand ridges and sand plains growing in gravelly sandy, loamy or clay soils often around laterite.[1] The species is found from around Shark Bay in the north west to around Cranbrook and Wagin in the south east.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia leptospermoides". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia leptospermoides". World Wide Wattle. CSIRO Publishing. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
"Acacia leptospermoides Benth". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 5 July 2020.

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