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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 purpureopetala

Acacia purpureopetala F.M.Bailey, 1905

Racosperma purpureapetalum (F.M.Bailey) Pedley

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia

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

Bailey, F.M., 1905. Queensland Agricultural Journal 15: 780.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia purpureopetala in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Aug 15. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Acacia purpureopetala. Published online. Accessed: Aug 15 2019. 2019. Acacia purpureopetala. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Aug 15.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Acacia purpureopetala – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.

Vernacular names

Acacia purpureopetala, more commonly known as Purple flowered wattle or Cupid's wattle, is the only pink flowering wattle in Australia.[2] It grows in the Herberton district of north-east Queensland. Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 it is listed as critically endangered.[1] It is only known from five discreet locations with approximately 7,0000 individual plants remaining.

Community members often refer to the plant as Cupid's wattle, Purple flowered wattle or pink wattle because of the colour of the bloom, which comes around Mother's day every year. It is the only wattle found in Australia with purple flowers.


The small shrub has a spreading habit with prostrate branches. The angular to terete branches are angular are densely covered with white spreading hairs. It flowers between May and September.


It is endemic to a small area in north eastern Queensland around Herberton, around Mount Emerald found to the south-west of Walkamin and at Stannary Hills. It is situated on steep rocky slopes, with an altitude of 780 to 880 m (2,560 to 2,890 ft) as a part of Eucalyptus woodland communities.[1]
See also

List of Acacia species


Acacia purpureopetala, Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australia.. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
"Australian Plant Index". Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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