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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 nivea

Acacia nivea R.S.Cowan & Maslin, 1995

Racosperma niveum (R.S.Cowan & Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia nivea

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Cowan, R.S. & Maslin, B.R., 1995. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium 10(2): 250 (1995).


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia nivea 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 nivea. Published online. Accessed: Aug 10 2019. 2019. Acacia nivea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 10 Aug 2019.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Acacia nivea – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.

Vernacular names

Acacia nivea is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves that is endemic to south western Australia.


The low spreading shrub typically grows to a height of 0.4 to 1 metre (1 to 3 ft) and has a dense and domed habit with terete, hairy and resinous branchlets. Like most species of Acacia it has phyllodes rather than true leaves. The glabrous, resinous and evergreen phyllodes are inclined to erect and straight to curves with a length of 1 to 2 cm (0.39 to 0.79 in) and a diameter of 0.8 to 1.2 mm (0.031 to 0.047 in) and have 12 to 16 slightly raised fine nerves.[1] It blooms from July to September and produces yellow flowers.[2] The simple inflorescences are found in pairs located in the axils and have spherical flower-heads with a diameter of 2.5 to 3 mm (0.098 to 0.118 in) containing 9 to 12 golden coloured flowers. The thinly leathery to chartaceous seed pods that form after flowering have a linear to slightly curved shape and are raised over each of the seeds on alternate sides. The pods have a length of 3 to 3.5 cm (1.2 to 1.4 in) and a width of 3 mm (0.12 in) and contain longitudinally arranged seeds inside.[1]

It belongs to the Acacia dielsii group.[1]

It is native to an area in the southern Wheatbelt and Goldfields-Esperance regions of Western Australia where it is commonly situated on undulating plains growing in clay-sand or sandy-loam or sandy soils.[2] It has a scattered and discontinuous distribution from around Lake King in the north west to around Munglinup in the south west with populations extending out to Grass Patch and the Mount Andrew and Ponier Rock in the east usually as a part of low open shrubland or tall mallee shrubland and low open woodland communities.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia nivea R.S.Cowan & Maslin". Wattle - Acacias of Australia. Lucid Central. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
"Acacia nivea". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

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