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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 phasmoides

Acacia phasmoides J.H.Willis

Muelleria 1: 121. 1967

Acacia phasmoides, the phantom wattle,[3] is a shrub species that is endemic to south-eastern Australia.[3]


It grows to between 1 and 4 metres high and has phyllodes that are 5 to 12.5 cm long and 1 to 2 mm wide. The bright yellow globular flowerheads appear singly or in groups of two in the axils of the phyllodes from September to November, followed by curved seed pods which are 5 to 9 cm long and 2 to 4 mm wide.[3][4]

The species was formally described in 1967 by botanist Jim Willis based on plant material collected from Pine Mountain in north-eastern Victoria.[4] It was reclassified as Racosperma phasmoides by Leslie Pedley in 2003 and then transferred back to genus Acacia in 2006.[5]

Its distribution is limited to a small area on the border between south-eastern New South Wales and north-eastern Victoria.[6] In New South Wales it is found along the southern edge of Woomargama National Park and has an estimated population of 2000 plants. In Victoria it is found in the Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park from two stands east of the summit of Pine Mountain with nine plants in one stand and between 150 and 250 in the other. The Victorian populations are located approximately 35 km (22 mi) from the New South Wales populations.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. "Acacia phasmoides —Phantom Wattle". Species Profile and Threats Database. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
"Acacia phasmoides ". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
"Acacia phasmoides ". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
"Acacia phasmoides ". Flora of Australia Online. Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government.
"Acacia phasmoides J.H.Willis". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 20 July 2020.
Sutter, Geoff (2010). "National Recovery Plan for Phantom Wattle - Acacia phasmoides" (PDF). State of Victoria Department of Sustainability and Environment. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.

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