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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 nitidula

Acacia nitidula Benth., 1864

Racosperma nitidulum (Benth.) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia nitidula

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. & Mueller, F.J.H. v. 1864. Flora Australiensis: a description of the plants of the Australian territory. Volume 2. Leguminosae to Combretaceae. 521 pp., London, L. Reeve & co. BHL Reference page. : 2:381.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia nitidula in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 10. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia nitidula. Published online. Accessed: Aug 10 2019. 2019. Acacia nitidula. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 10 Aug 2019.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Acacia nitidula – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia nitidula in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
Acacia nitidula is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves that is endemic to an area along the south coast of south western Australia.


The spreading shrub typically grows to a height of 0.6 to 2 metres (2 to 7 ft)[1] and has slightly angled, sparsely haired to glabrous branchlets with slender stipules with a length of about 1 to 1.5 mm (0.039 to 0.059 in) that taper to point and are easily shed. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The glabrous, evergreen and ascending phyllodes have a narrowly oblanceolate shape and are straight to incurved with a length of 1.5 to 3 cm (0.59 to 1.18 in) and a width of 2 to 5 mm (0.079 to 0.197 in) with two main nerves per face.[2] It produces yellow flowers.[1]

The species was first formally described by the botanist George Bentham in 1864 as a part of the work Flora Australiensis. It was relcassified by Leslie Pedley in 2003 as Racosperma nitidulum then transferred back to genus Acacia in 2006.[3]

It is native to an area in the Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions of Western Australia where it is commonly situated among granite boulders growing in gravelly, sandy granitic soils. The range of the plant extends from Jerramungup and Ravensthorpe in the west[1] to Cape Arid National Park including Middle Island.[2]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia nitidula". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia nitidula". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
"Acacia nitidula Benth". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 20 December 2020.

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