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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 redolens

Acacia redolens Maslin, 1974

Racosperma redolens (Maslin) Pedley

Native distribution areas:
Acacia redolens

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., 1974. Nuytsia; Bulletin of the Western Australian Herbarium. South Perth, W.A. 1:327.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acacia redolens 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 redolens. Published online. Accessed: Aug 12 2019. 2019. Acacia redolens. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 12 Aug 2019.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Acacia redolens – Taxon details on World Wide Wattle.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Acacia redolens in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
English: Bank Catclaw, Desert Carpet

Acacia redolens, commonly known as bank catclaw, prostrate acacia, or desert carpet,[1] is a shrub of the genus Acacia and the subgenus Plurinerves.

Flowers close up

It is a dense, small to medium-sized shrub that usually reaches heights of 0.5 to 3, rarely up to 5 or even 7 meters. Vegetative parts of the plant and especially the yellow flowers give off an intense vanilla scent. The spreading fragrant shrub typically grows to a height of 0.5 to 3 metres (2 to 10 ft).

It blooms from August to October in its native range, and produces yellow flowers. The small flowers, whose optical effect is based on the yellow stamens, are located in the leaf axils. The brownish legumes are about 25 millimeters long and about 6 millimeters wide.

In California, it blooms from February through May (late winter to late spring). It is commonly planted by freeways and is found throughout Southern California and some parts of the Bay Area.[2]

According to the Catalogue of Life, Acacia contains 1067 species. A 2014 phylogenetic study of Acacia in Australia suggests the following phylogenetic relationships:[3]

A. cyclops A.Cunn. ex G.Don — coastal wattle

A. stenophylla A.Cunn. ex Benth. — shoestring acacia

A. brachyclada W.Fitzg.

A. redolens Maslinbank catclaw

A. georginae F.M.Bailey — georgina gidyea

A. argyrodendron Domin — black gidyea

A. harpophylla F.Muell. ex Benth. — brigalow

A. sclerophylla Lindl. — hard-leaf wattle

A. loderi Maiden — nelia

A. maconochieana Pedley — Mullan wattle

A. tephrina Pedley — boree

A. pendula A.Cunn. ex G.Don — true myall

A. cana Maiden — cabbage tree wattle

A. latzii Maslin — Tjilpi wattle

A. sibilans Maslin — whispering myall

A. melvillei Pedley — yarran

A. homalophylla A.Cunn. ex Benth. — yarran

A. maranoensis Pedley — womel

A. microsperma Pedley — bowyakka

A. amyctica R.S.Cowan & Maslin

A. ancistrophylla C.R.P.Andrews

A. enervia Maiden & Blakely

A. papyrocarpa Benth. — western myall


It is native to an area along the southern coast in the Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions of Western Australia.[4] The plant is considered an invasive weed in areas of California where it was used as a fast growing groundcover along freeways. It is particularly problematic in the San Gabriel Valley and Mission Valley.[1]

Acacia redolens thrives on salty or alkaline loamy, clayey, clayey-loamy or sandy soils and can be used as a groundcover. It occurs on the edges of salt lakes or in salty depressions and can withstand frost down to −7 °C.
See also

List of Acacia species


"Acacia redolens" (PDF). Council for Watershed health. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
"Acacia redolens Maslin". Calflora. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
Mishler, Brent D.; Knerr, Nunzio; González-Orozco, Carlos E.; Thornhill, Andrew H.; Laffan, Shawn W.; Miller, Joseph T. (18 July 2014). "Phylogenetic measures of biodiversity and neo- and paleo-endemism in Australian Acacia". Nature Communications.
"Acacia redolens". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

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