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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 plicata

Acacia plicata Maslin, 1975

Racosperma plicatum (Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia plicata

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

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

Maslin, B.R., 1975. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium 1(5): 451.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia plicata in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Aug 12. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia plicata. Published online. Accessed: Aug 12 2019. 2019. Acacia plicata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 12 Aug 2019.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Acacia plicata – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.

Vernacular names

Acacia plicata is a species of wattle which is endemic to an area between Perth and Geraldton in Western Australia.


It is an erect to pendulous shrub that usually grows from 0.9 to 2 metres (3.0 to 6.6 ft) in height. Its globular, yellow flowerheads appear from late winter until mid spring.[1][2]

The hairy leaves are bipinnate with linear to narrow-elliptical shaped leaflets to that are around 1.5 centimetres (0.6 in) in length.[3] The spherical flowerheads are held on slender stalks around 2.5 cm (1.0 in) in length exceeding the length of the leaves. Following flowering a 2 cm (0.8 in) distinctively pleated seed pod is formed.[3]

The species was first formally described by the botanist Bruce Maslin in 1975 as part of the work Studies in the genus Acacia (Mimosaceae) - A Revision of Series Pulchellae published in the journal Nuytsia.[4] The only known synonym is Racosperma plicatum as described by Leslie Pedley in 2003.[4]

The species is found around Dandaragan in the Mid West region of Western Australia where it grows mostly in loamy and clay soils, often overlying sandstone or siltstone and is common in drainage lines.[2] It is often found along watercourses in the understorey as a part of Eucalyptus wandoo and Eucalyptus loxophleba woodland communities.[5]

Seeds need to scarified or treated with boiling water prior to planting. It is drought and frost tolerant.[3]
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia plicata". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
"Acacia plicata". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
"Acacia plicata". Wattles - Genus Acacia. Australian National Botanical Gardens. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
"Acacia plicata Maslin". Atlas of Living Australia. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
"Acacia plicata". World Wide Wattle. Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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